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Rajasthan, MP fight over Ajmer blast probe

CNN-IBN
Oct 28, 2010 at 10:02pm IST

New Delhi: It is an open war between Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan over RSS members being nailed in the 2007 Ajmer blast probe.

The ATS investigations in Ajmer blasts has created a political battle between Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan led by the two chief ministers of the states.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan is under pressure to look at close links of many of the accused with Madhya Pradesh, while at the same time Congress's Ashok Gehlot, who is the Chief Minister of Rajasthan is vigourously scrutinising all links of the blast to the RSS.

Ashok Gehlot said, "The truth has come out and the RSS should accept it. Later, the background of its leaders whose names have appeared and their links will come out. One should trust the judiciary that the truth will come out and those guilty will be punished."

"This is not Gujarat where we allow fake encounters to happen. Investigations will continue,"he said.

Meanwhile, Shivraj Singh Chauhan said, “I have nothing to hide. "

At the heart of the battle between the two states is the murder of Sunil Joshi, former RSS leader who was killed in broad daylight in 2007. Several questions are now being looked at by the Rajasthan ATS.

· Why did the Madhya Pradesh government close the investigations in Joshi's murder?

· What happened to the central government's request of transferring Joshi's murder probe to the CBI?

· Where are the four individuals who were staying with Joshi in Madhya Pradesh till the time of his death?

· Will the Rajasthan ATS now look into Joshi's murder as well to get to the bottom of Ajmer blast case?

CNN-IBN has learnt that the Rajasthan Chief Minister himself has now called for all files related to the Ajmer explosions prepared by the ATS. A major portion also deals with Sunil Joshi's death.

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister, Uma Shanker Gupta said, “Rajasthan ATS never informs us when they come here. There should be greater coordination."

Importantly, at the time of Sunil Joshi's death and the Ajmer blasts, there were BJP governments both in MP and in Rajasthan. That’s why the Congress is now questioning whether attempts were being made to conceal facts.

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