Terror probe: Govt for coordination panel of NIA, CBI, police

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New Delhi, Jan 12 (PTI) Widening its probe to ascertainthe role of some Hindu groups in terror activities, the Centrehas proposed a coordination committee consisting of NIA, CBI,and police officials from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Official sources said the Centre is also planning to takeover the murder case of Sunil Joshi, whose name has cropped upin connection with various blasts including that in Ajmerdargah and Samjhauta Express.

Joshi, whose name figured in the Ajmer dargah blast case,was murdered on December 29, 2007 in Dewas.

Sources in the Government said that murder is alleged tohave a terror angle and therefore NIA could take up the casesuo moto.

The sources also said that since different agencies wereprobing various cases involving groups having alleged links toRSS and VHP, it was necessary to have coordination betweenall the agencies.

The NIA, in the meantime, is looking for at least 15 morepeople wanted in connection with the Samjhauta blast.

It had yesterday announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakheach for information leading to the arrest of Sandeep Dangeand Ramchandra Kalsangra in connection with the case.

Besides the two, the National Investigation Agency hasalso announced a cash reward of Rs two lakh for the arrest ofAshok, also wanted in connection with the same case, astatement by the agency said.

Swami Aseemanand, who has been arrested in the case, hasin his confession statement before a magistrate named Dangeand Ramchandra as being instrumental in carrying out a numberof blasts in the country including in the Samjhauta Express.

The NIA, under the Union Home Ministry, is investigatingthe case relating to the bomb blast in Indo-Pak Atari Express(popularly known as Samjhauta Express) in February 2007, whichresulted in the death of 68 people.

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