News Frontliner Web Desk, 11 May 2019: In a most shocking revelation, the Karnataka Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the into the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh has discovered that four men linked to the right-wing outfit “Abhinav Bharat” group, had trained suspects linked to the “Sanatan Sanstha” in making bombs at secret camps across India between 2011-2016.
Men like Amit Degwekar and Amit Baddi, both key accused in the Gauri Lankesh murder case attended these camps.
According to submissions made by the SIT before a Bangalore court, seven people; three Sanatan Sanstha members arrested in the Gauri Lankesh murder case and four witnesses who attended these training camps, said that a “babaji” and four “gurujis” were present at the training camps.
The “babaji” has been identified as Suresh Nair of Abhinav Bharat. He is an accused in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast case. Nair was arrested in November 2018, after being on the run for 11 years!
Nair’s arrest has led to the identification of the three other bomb experts at Sanstha-linked camps as Dange, Kalsangara and Ashwini Chauhan. Kalsangra and Dange are declared “proclaimed offenders” in the 2008 Malegaon blast case in which BJP’s Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya Thakur is also one of the accused.
All these four men who are all on the run are wanted for their alleged role in the Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Dargah terror attacks.
A fifth trainer who attended the camps has been identified by those arrested in the Lankesh case as Prathap Hazra, who is linked to the Hindutva outfit ‘Bhavani Sena’ of West Bengal.
Dange, a former RSS worker is a bomb expert and has an Interpol red corner notice against him. He is on the most wanted list of the NIA with Kalsangara and Hakla. Dange and Kalsangara carry a Rs 10 lakh reward on their heads while Hakla carries a Rs 5 lakh reward on his head.
This points to the linking thread connecting the murders of rationalists MM Kalburgi, Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, and journalist Gauri Lankesh with right wing supremacist groups accused of involvement in terror attacks.