Sadhvi Pragya Thakur planned Sunil Joshi's murder 15 days in advance: NIA Charge-sheet reveals in court
It has also been alleged by NIA in the charge-sheet that Pragya Thakur, a woman activist of Sangh Parivar, had held captive Anandraj Kataria, an associate of Joshi, in a flat in Indore for 10 days, after the murder. The 2007 murder case of former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak Sunil Joshi was planned a fortnight before by Lokesh Sharma and Rajendra Chaudhary in connivance with Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, states the supplementary charge-sheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Elaborating the role of Pragya, the charge-sheet says that on the day of the murder, "Pragya was present at Koti Chandi Yagya Dussehra ground at Indore." She stayed at Indore from December 25, 2007 to January 5, 2008.
It has also been alleged by NIA in the charge-sheet that she had held captive Anandraj Kataria, an associate of Joshi, in a flat in Indore for 10 days, after the murder. Kataria was charged by MP police for the murder of Joshi but NIA did not name him. A day after the murder, on Dec 30, 2007, "Pragya called Kataria to a flat and later took him to the residence of late Laxman Singh Gaur. He was held captive since Pragya apprehended that Kataria was immature and if questioned by police he may reveal the facts about the earlier criminal act carried out by late Sunil Joshi and herself, as Kataria was closely associated with Joshi and her as well," the charge-sheet filed before a court in August this year states.
The primary motive behind the murder of Joshi according to charge-sheet appears to be sexual advances made by Joshi against Pragya, which did not go down well with Lokesh and Rajender who treated Pragya as sister. Joshi an accused in Samjhauta and Malegaon blasts was also considered close to RSS leader Indresh but so far the agency have not found any direct link of RSS leader with the blast cases.
The charge-sheet also states that "Pragya after the murder of Joshi had met Lokesh and Rajender at the flat where Kataria was held captive and congratulated the two for the task." It further says, "Witnesses statements establish that at MGH hospital, Dewas (where Joshi was admitted after being shot), she (Pragya) was handed over a mobile phone of Sunil Joshi which was picked up from the crime scene by Ramcharan Patel," one of Joshi's associates.
NIA also said Pragya visited the house of Joshi on the night of the murder and collected a briefcase. This briefcase is believed to have contained explosive and bomb making material and it was later handed over to Ramji Kalsangra, wanted in connection with Malegaon , Samjhauta, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Dargah blasts.
According to the statement of Vasudev Parmar, the planning to kill Joshi started a fortnight before the actual incident. Parmar told NIA that Rajender had met him and took the mobile number and address of Joshi in Dewas around December 15, 2007.
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