Bergen County temple bombing suspect Aakash Dalal accused of plotting, encouraging friend’s attacks

| March 4, 2012

HACKENSACK — Nineteen year old Aakash Dalal was the brains behind a string of attacks that terrorized the Bergen County Jewish community between December and January, police alleged on Friday.

Aakash Dalal, a Lodi resident and student at Rutgers University, is the second man arrested in connection to the attacks, which began as petty vandalism and took a violent turn with the firebombing of two synogogues last month.

Another 19-year-old Lodi man, Anthony M. Graziano, is accused of wielding the Molotov cocktails that were thrown into the window of the Congregation Beth El temple in Rutherford. But police say Dalal, Graziano's childhood friend, was behind the scenes, prodding him along.

Officials released excerpts of alleged instant message conversations between the two men recovered by a computer forensics expert with the Bergen County Prosecutor's office Friday. The often graphic exchanges offer a glimpse into what Molinelli described as a "student-teacher" relationship between Graziano, identified as "AG," and Dalal, identified as "AD."

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