Sunday, June 20, 2021
Home Crime Samjhauta Express blast: Swami Aseemanand and three other accused acquitted by NIA court

Samjhauta Express blast: Swami Aseemanand and three other accused acquitted by NIA court

One of the accused Sunil Joshi was killed in December 2007. Around 224 witnesses have deposed before the court in the case which has been going on since 2010.

The Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Panchkula acquitted four accused in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case which had claimed the lives of around 68 people. Among four accused who have been acquitted by the court today are Aseemanand, Lokesh Sharma, Kamal Chauhan, and Rajinder Chaudhary.

The Special NIA court also dismissed the petition filed by a Pakistani National Rahila Wakil to be summoned as a witness in the case. NIA special judge Jagdeep Singh stated that the Pakistani woman’s petition was devoid of any merit.

The court said that the agency failed to prove the conspiracy and therefore the accused deserve a benefit of doubt.

Petitioner Wakil is the daughter Mohammad Wakil who was a victim of the blast. She had filed the application through her Indian counsel Momin Malik.

“The eyewitnesses/Pakistani witnesses do not have any knowledge about the ongoing stage of the trial because no proper summons was served to them”, she had reportedly contended in her plea. The NIA Special Judge Jagdeep Singh questioned the petitioner as to why the plea was made at almost the end of the trial while several opportunities were given to all the 13 Pakistani witnesses to record their statements before the court.

One of the accused Sunil Joshi was killed in December 2007. Around 224 witnesses have deposed before the court in the case which has been going on since 2010.

Samjhauta Express was started between India and Pakistan on July 22, 1976, after the Shimla agreement. In 2007, a blast occurred in the Samjhauta Express near Panipat, Haryana which blew up two coaches of the train and killed 68 people in which 43 were Pakistani nationals.

It is notable here that Swami Aseemanand, Rajendra Choudhary, and Lokesh Sharma were also accused by the CBI and subsequently NIA in the 2007 Hyderabad Mecca Masjid blast case. They were acquitted by an NIA court in Hyderabad last year.

Even in the Samjhauta Express blast case, though LeT was initially blamed and a Pakistani national Asif Qasmani was named as the main accused, the proceedings of the case took a surprising turn when RSS activists Swami Aseemanand and others were blamed. After an expose by Times Now claimed that the UPA government might have let the Pakistani suspects go and pinned the blame on RSS, the BJP had stated that it was another attempt by the then UPA government to further their Hindu-terror agenda.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staff
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

George Soros-funded University awards former Kerala health Minister KK Shailaja for her ‘commitment to public health service’

Former Kerala Minister KK Shailaja, who was dropped from cabinet after lelection, awarded by George Soros-funded University

Gujarat: Cow smugglers kill VHP Gaurakshak Hardik Kansara, nephew of district BJP president, 10 arrested

Ten individuals have been arrested in Gujarat on accusations of murdering Gaurakshak Hardik Kansara in Valsad district.

Coronavirus: Liberal privilege that sank Kerala. Here is what went wrong

The media will choose to wait strategically till it reaches Gujarat, for more effect. And the third wave begins “officially” when the spread reaches Uttar Pradesh. And then, it will all be the fault of “Gaumutra.”

Taliban rule: When Hindus in Afghanistan were forced to carry yellow badges like Jews in Nazi Germany

In a bid to undo years of suffering and persecution, the Indian government had issued long-term visas to 700 Hindus and Sikhs from Afghanistan in July last year.

On World Refugee Day, read how Germany, Sweden, and India bore the brunt of incoming refugees

While the United Nations has been advocating the inclusion of refugees, the question remains whether the incoming migrants are willing to assimilate with the culture of the host nation.

Twitter rewards an Islamist org, set to be banned by India, with a verified blue tick: Here is what PFI has done in the...

It is worth mentioning that the radical Islamic organisation Popular Front of India has been accused of involving in perpetrating terrorist attacks in India and carrying large scale communal riots in different parts of the country.

Recently Popular

Republic TV issues statement over Arnab Goswami’s disappearance from the news network: Here is what they said

Arnab Goswami was last seen on May 2 during a discussion on West Bengal assembly polls. He will make a return on Monday.

OBC benefits for Muslims: How WB Police’s recruitment drive has exposed how parties found a way to make religious reservations

The drive was meant to fill vacancies in the OBC-A category in the state. The list showed that apart from one or two individuals, all of them were Muslims.

Who is Vishal Jood? An Indian national arrested for taking on Khalistani extremists in Australia

Vishal Jood, the 24 yar old from Haryana, has been languishing in a jail in the down in the country for two months now.

Exclusive details: Here are some of the points that the Parliamentary Standing Committee, headed by Shashi Tharoor, raised with Twitter

Indian officials of the microblogging site Twitter were questioned by the Parliamentary Panel on Information Technology on various issues.

TISS research paper calls Kashmir ‘India occupied’, blames Indian Army for domestic violence in Kashmiri society

A dissertation paper by a student at TISS-Hyderabad has come under the scanner for calling Kashmir "India occupied Kashmir".
- Advertisement -


Connect with us