Samjhauta Express blast case: NIA court posts matter for 14 March after Pakistani woman claims she has relevant evidence

A special NIA court put off the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case verdict after a Pakistani woman filed a petition claiming she had some evidence relevant to the case

Press Trust of India March 11, 2019 18:41:19 IST
Samjhauta Express blast case: NIA court posts matter for 14 March after Pakistani woman claims she has relevant evidence
  • A special NIA court put off the Samjhauta Express blast case verdict and posted the matter for 14 March

  • The court deferred its verdict after a Pakistani woman filed a petition claiming she had some evidence relevant to the case

  • Sixty-eight people, mostly Pakistan national, died in blasts in two coaches of the Samjhauta Express near Panipat in February, 2007

Panchkula: A special NIA court Monday put off the pronouncement of verdict in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case and posted the matter for 14 March after a Pakistani woman filed a petition claiming she had some evidence relevant to the case.

The petition was filed by an advocate on behalf of Rahila L Vakeel, National Investigation Agency (NIA) counsel Rajan Malhotra said. Special NIA court judge Jagdeep Singh posted the matter for 14 March after the application was filed.

Samjhauta Express blast case NIA court posts matter for 14 March after Pakistani woman claims she has relevant evidence

A burnt carriage of the Samjhauta Express train at Deewana near Panipat town in February 2007. Reuters

The final arguments in this case were concluded on 6 March and the verdict was reserved for 11 March.

Sixty-eight people, mostly Pakistan national, were charred to death in the blasts in two coaches of the Samjhauta Express near Panipat on 18 February, 2007.

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 NIA in its chargesheet had named eight persons as accused. Among them are Naba Kumar Sarkar alias Swami Aseemanand, Lokesh Sharma, Kamal Chauhan and Rajinder Chaudhary, who appeared before the court. Sunil Joshi, the alleged mastermind of the attack, was killed in December 2007.

Three other accused - Ramchandra Kalsangra, Sandeep Dange and Amit - are still at large and have been declared proclaimed offenders.

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