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Chargesheet filed in Paharganj blast case

NEW DELHI: The Delhi police on Saturday filed a chargesheet in the Diwali-eve Paharganj blast case in a local court here.

Chargesheets in the other two October 29 blasts last year -- at Sarojini Nagar and Govindpuri -- have already been filed.

The chargesheet filed on Saturday in the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Seema Maini names Tariq Ahmed Dar and Rafiq Shah as prime accused. Both had been named as prime accused in the other two blast cases as well.

According to the chargesheet, the serial explosions were intended by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists to spread panic.

"This incident is caused knowingly by some terrorist organisation with the intention to wage war against the Government to spread a sense of fear in the people in general and with the intention to cause serious injuries to kill people," the chargesheet said.

Mohammad Hussain Fazli, who was named in the FIR and is at present lodged in Gurgaon's Bhondsi jail, is not named in the chargesheet. He had been named in the FIR for transferring money to the other two.

The next date of hearing in the court is March 24, when the accused will get copies of the chargesheet.

The police on March 13 had filed a supplementary statement by prime accused Rafiq Shah in the Govindpuri blast case.

Last week, the Delhi police filed the chargesheet in the Govindpuri case.

The statement of an eyewitness, on whose testimony the sketch of Rafiq Shah had been drawn, was recorded in the court of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate before the chargesheet was filed in the case.

On March 1, the Delhi police had moved an application before the CMM seeking permission to record the statement of the key witness even before the chargesheet had been filed in the case. The police justified this action as necessary so that the statement had legal sanctity and the witness could be prosecuted even if he retracted his statement. - UNI, PTI