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Samjhauta Express Blast: Swami Aseemanand, others acquitted

The blast in the train took place near Panipat in Haryana on February 18, 2007

Wednesday March 20, 2019 7:31 PM, ummid.com News Network

Samjhauta Express Blast

Panchkula (Haryana): A Special NIA Court here Wednesday acquitted Swami Aseemanand and three others in the Samjhauta Express blast case that left 68 people, mostly Pakistanis, dead in 2007.

Swami Aseemanand hit the media headlines in 2011 when he confessed before the court about the role he and other Hindutva terrorists played in 2006 Malegaon and Samjhauta Express blasts.

The Special NIA Court however said the inevstigating agency could not establish the charges against the accused.

“The NIA Special Court has concluded that the investigating agency has failed to prove the conspiracy charge and ruled that accused deserve a benefit of doubt,” NIA Counsel RK Handa said.

"All the four accused, Naba Kumar Sarkar alias Swami Aseemanand, Lokesh Sharma, Kamal Chauhan and Rajinder Chaudhary have been acquitted by the court", he said.

The court also dismissed the application seeking permission for deposition of Pakistani witnesses in the case, saying it was devoid of any merit.

The Samjhauta Express, also called Attari Express, is a bi-weekly train that runs on Wednesdays and Sundays – between Delhi and Attari in India and Lahore in Pakistan. The blast in the train took place near Panipat in Haryana on February 18, 2007.

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