VHP, BJP Members Among Crowd Welcoming Ajmer Blast Convict on Bail

VHP, BJP Members Among Crowd Welcoming Ajmer Blast Convict on Bail

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Two convicts in the 2007 Ajmer dargah blast case, Bhavesh Patel of Bharuch and Devendra Gupta, were granted bail by the Rajasthan High Court. Patel and Gupta’s lawyers had argued that they had been convicted on the basis of "human probability... circumstantial evidence...conjectures," reported The Indian Express.

A former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker, Patel, came home to a hero’s welcome, reported PTI.

"One thing is clear, that despite disturbance, the truth remains the truth. It comes out subsequently," Patel, who now chooses to call himself Swami Muktanand, told ANI.

According to the report by The Indian Express, people showered him with rose petals, carried him on their shoulders, burst crackers and even called in a DJ.

Members of some Hindu outfits, and those of the BJP-ruled Bharuch Municipality were among those who had gathered to welcome Patel, reported PTI. These included BJP's Surbhiben Tamakuwala – president of the Bharuch Municipality, BJP councillor Marutisinh Atodariya and VHP's Viral Desai.

On being questioned by The Indian Express on her presence in the crowd, Tamukawala claimed that she only went there because she had received a text on a WhatsApp group.

I don’t know Bhavesh Patel, and I don’t want to speak on this subject.
Surbhiben Tamkuwala

Atodariya on the other hand told the daily,

Hathikhana area falls in my ward, and I have known Bhavesh since childhood. We came to know that Bhavesh had changed his ways and had become a Swami in jail. He was returning home, so I was present and felicitated him.
Marutisinh Atodariya

While VHP's Viral Desai said,

I received a call from Bhavesh’s brother Hitesh on Saturday. He said bail had been granted and that they would be reaching Bharuch on Sunday afternoon. We started preparations for a welcome ceremony. He was one of my close friends and was associated with the RSS.

Desai also said that he was glad to hear that Patel had become Swami Muktanand and had congratulated him on his newly attained monkhood.

The Ajmer dargah blast had killed 3 people and injured 15 others on 11 October 2007.

(With inputs from ANI, PTI, The Indian Express.)

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