Haridwar: To gather concrete proof against Mecca-Masjid blast accused Swami Aseemanand, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is digging out skeletons from the latter’s past life. An NIA team arrived here on Friday to ascertain clues about Swami’s fake voter and ration card.

The team questioned the former village head and more than half a dozen people to gather information related to Aseemanand.

Around six months back, a CBI team had apprehended Swami Aseemanand from Paramhans Ashram Hanuman temple in Bongla village, situated nearly 20 kms away from Haridwar district headquarters. Aseemanand alias Jatin Chatterjee alias Onkarnand, who was staying in this ashram, has been accused of playing a key role in Mecca-Masjid blast in Hyderabad, Samjhauta Express blast and other bomb explosions in the country.

The CBI had also recovered a voter and a ration card from Aseemanand’s possession.

On interrogation, the NIA team received information that Aseemanand got a ration card made in 2002-2003 in the name of Onkarnand, residing in Bongla. And later, got a voter ID card made providing the ration card information. These revelations could be squeezed from former village heads and former panchayat secretaries.

Confirming the interrogation, NIA Additional SP I R S Murti said, “We have questioned many people here and have gathered a lot of valuable information on the anomalous procedure Aseemanand adopted to make voter and ration card.”

However, no further arrests have been made till now in this case, he added. 

JPN/Bureau