Thu, 31 Mar 2011 09:44:05 GMT

Swami Aseemanand takes back confession, says he was "coerced"

In yet another twist to the Ajmer blast probe, Swami Aseemanand, who had confessed his role in the Ajmer, Mecca masjid, Malegaon and the Samjhauta Express blasts, retracted his statement, accusing investigating agencies of forcing him to confess.

Meanwhile, the ATS again failed to file a chargesheet against Assemanand and the other accused and has asked for. The court gave the ATS time till April 8.

Also, the Rajasthan government decided to hand over the investigation into the Ajmer dargah blast case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

However, the Rajasthan ATS declined to comment. A senior official said the investigation was genuine and that they did not want to comment about Aseemanand's application to the court.

Senior lawyers said that Aseemanand told the court that the CBI and NIA put pressure on him to confess his role in the blasts, and allegedly threatened to "fix" him in false cases and put his "family in jail".

It was Aseemanand's confession to the CBI that exposed the intricate network of people and groups responsible for the series of blasts in Malegaon, Ajmer, the Samjhauta Express and Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad.

Source: India Syndicate

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