Abdul Rashid Ajmeri was arrested soon after arrival from Saudi Arabia in the Akshardham temple attack case, in which his brother had been acquitted by the Supreme Court. Image credit: Salman Raja/Indian Express
AHMEDABAD — Abdul Rashid Ajmeri, an Ahmedabad resident, was arrested reportedly by the Gujarat Crime Branch officials as soon as he landed at the city airport from Saudi Arabia in the wee hours of Saturday. As per media reports, he has been arrested as the “main conspirator” of the 2002 Akshardham temple attack case.
The arrest took place just a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a visit to the temple in Gandhinagar.
Ajmeri’s brother Adam Suleman Ajmeri and five other local Muslims had been arrested in the same case in 2003, about a year after the terror attack on the temple killed 32 people. In 2006, two of the accused including Suleman Ajmeri were awarded death sentence and four others life sentence by the trail court. The High Court had also upheld the verdict of the trial court.
However, in May 2014, the Supreme Court set aside the judgment and acquitted all of them. The apex court had even pulled up the Gujarat police for implicating the innocents.