NIA Chargesheets 10 in Double Murder Case of BJP Leaders

The killings were part of a conspiracy involving co-accused located in Pakistan and South Africa.

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The chargesheet claimed the killings were part of a larger conspiracy involving co-accused located in Pakistan and South Africa. (Photo: Reuters)

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday submitted chargesheet before a special court against 10 accused in the double murder case of BJP leaders in Bharuch, claiming the killings were part of a larger conspiracy involving co-accused located in Pakistan and South Africa.

As per the charge sheet submitted before the special NIA court of principal judge P B Desai, “The case relates to murder of two persons ... as part of a larger conspiracy in which co-accused located in foreign countries too, were conspiring to kill and strike terror in the minds of people belonging to a particular section of society.”

During investigation, the role of the co-accused located in Pakistan and South Africa has emerged. The investigation of the case is being continued to collect more evidence against the accused.
P B Desai, principal judge, special NIA court

Former BJP president of Bharuch and senior RSS member Shirish Bangali and general secretary of Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha Pragnesh Mistry were shot dead in the district by two unidentified gunmen on 2 November last year.

A total of 12 accused were arrested in connection with the case and were booked under relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, IPC, Arms Act the Gujarat Police Act.

Initially, Bharuch police along with Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) conducted the probe and had termed the murders as an ‘act of terror’.

Investigators said the contract for killing the two BJP leaders was allegedly given by absconding Javed Chikna, apparently to avenge the 1993 Bombay (now Mumbai) and 2002 Gujarat riots. One of the chargesheeted accused Abid Patel is brother of Javed, an accused in the Bombay bomb blasts case.

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