24 years after the RSS Madras headquarters bombing by al-Ummah in which 11 people were killed, the Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday arrested a key accused – Mushtaq Ahmed from the outskirts of Chennai.
The agency had been looking for 56-year-old Ahmed since the beginning and had even announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for providing credible information about him. Ahmed had allegedly procured the explosive material for assembling the bomb and provided shelter to other accused persons.
CBI paced its search for Ahmed last year as a TADA court Chennai had convicted 11 persons and awarded life term to three of them in the case in 2007 after a 12-year-old trial.
The blast on August 8, 1993 was triggered using RDX which brought down the multi-storeyed RSS office at Chetput in Chennai, claiming 11 lives.
The agency was entrusted with the probe in 1993 and it filed charge sheet against 18 persons under the stringent provisions of the Indian Penal Code, Explosive Substances Act and Terrorist and Destructive Activities Act (TADA).
After the trial in 2007, the special court had acquitted four persons, including SA Basha, founder of the banned al-Ummah for lack of evidence against them.
Of the 431 witnesses, 224 were examined during the course of the trial which commenced on August 7, 1995. The charge sheet was filed on June 8, 1994.