The Times of India has recently published a story that reveals shocking details about the extortion calls made to Nitin Gadkari’s office, which originated from Hindalga Belagavi Jail. According to the report, Afsar Pasha, a member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and a key figure in recruiting and organizing sleeper cells within the Belagavi jail, orchestrated the two extortion calls to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.
Jayesh Kantha, also known as Jayesh Pujari, carried out the plan on Pasha’s behalf. In response to these developments, a team from the Nagpur city police has been dispatched to Belagavi in Karnataka to apprehend Pasha.
The police have officially named Pasha as a suspect in the two cases filed in the city regarding the threatening calls made to Gadkari’s office. Previously, the city police had discovered cell phones and SIM cards in Jayesh’s cell in Belgavi jail, and they plan to conduct a similar search in Pasha’s cell once the necessary procedures are completed. Recent court testimonies from a female witness and other inmates from Belagavi jail have provided incriminating evidence against Pasha in this case.
It is worth noting that Pasha, like Pujari, possesses expertise in bomb-making and has received training in planning and executing fidayeen attacks. Pujari, who initiated the calls to Gadkari’s office on January 14 and March 21 for extortion purposes, was transported to Nagpur at the end of March. Currently, Pujari is being held in Nagpur central jail after two cases were filed against him.
The report further stares, according to sources, it has been revealed that Pasha, a notorious operative of the LeT, was responsible for orchestrating the terrorist attacks in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2003 and in Bengaluru in 2008. Shockingly, it has come to light that Pasha managed to convert Pujari, who was imprisoned at the time, to join him in his nefarious mission. Pasha, a former national secretary of the banned Popular Front of India (PFI), instructed Pujari to make threatening calls to Gadkari’s office. Furthermore, Pasha’s gang even went so far as to eliminate a right-wing activist within the confines of the jail.
It is important to note that Pujari, who was also associated with the PFI, had a disagreement with Pasha regarding the ransom amount demanded from Gadkari’s office. The source revealed, “Pasha wanted Pujari to make more substantial demands from the politicians they were targeting.”