Chennai, Jan 4: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday held one of the prime accused in 1993 bombing of RSS’ Chennai headquarters in which 11 people were killed. Mushtaq Ahmed, a key member of Tamil Nadu-based banned terrorist organisation Al-Ummah, had remained elusive for over 24 years. Ahmed was arrested on Friday morning from the outskirts of Chennai. Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput Case: CBI, AIIMS Medical Board to Meet on Tuesday, September 22
Mushtaq Ahmed is accused of getting the explosives to ready the bomb and providing shelter to other accused. CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said that investigators had been on the hunt for Ahmed since the 1993 RSS Chennai headquarters blast. A reward of Rs 10 lakh was also announced for providing credible information about the prime accused in the blast case. Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput Case: CBI Likely to Visit Late Actor’s Bandra House Today
The powerful blast, on August 8, 1993, brought down the multi-storeyed RSS office at Chetput in Chennai. The blast claimed 11 lives and injured several others. The case was initially investigated by the Crime Branch CID but was later on transferred to the CBI by the State Government. The agency filed a chargesheet against 18 persons under Explosive Substances Act and Terrorist and Destructive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA). Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput Death: CBI to Record Late Actor’s Father KK Singh’s Statement Today
After a 12-year trial, in the year 2007, a TADA court in Chennai convicted 11 persons, acquitted four in connection with the RSS headquarters bombing and awarded life terms to three. The court had abated charges against two accused persons who had died during the trial.