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Prime conspirator in Akshardham temple 2002 terror attack case held

In May 2014, SC had acquitted all six convicts arrested including three facing the death sentence in the case

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

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The alleged in the 2002 terror attack on in Gandhinagar, Abdul Rashid Ajmeri, was at the city airport after he arrived from Riyadh, a senior official said.

The arrest was made late last night.

"Ajmeri is one of the prime conspirators behind the terror attack. He was from the airport after he landed here late last night. We had inputs that he is travelling to Ahmedabad from Riyadh to meet his brother," the DCP of Ahmadabad Crime Branch, Deepan Bhadran, said.

It was alleged that he had planned the terror attack and helped in carrying it out.

Ajmeri, an Ahmedabad resident, "had absconded to Riyadh before the terror act was committed," Bhadran said, adding that more names may come out during his interrogation.

Two militants, allegedly with links to Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, had attacked the temple in Gandhinagar on September 24, 2002, killing 32 and injuring over 80 people.

The attackers were killed by the Security Guard (NSG) commandos.

The Supreme Court had, in May 2014, acquitted all six convicts earlier, including three facing the death sentence, in the case.

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First Published: Sat, November 04 2017. 22:10 IST