Samjhauta blast case: All four accused including Swami Aseemanand acquitted by NIA court

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Samjhauta Express train blast case: A special National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Wednesday acquitted all four accused in 2007 Samjhauta Express train blast case. The blast had occurred on February 18, 2007. The train runs between Delhi and Lahore. The blast took place in Panipat of Haryana and left 68 people dead (43 Pakistanis, 10 Indians and 15 unidentified). The charges were framed against Swami Aseemanand and three others All the accused were with criminal conspiracy, murder, attempt to murder, sedition under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). They were also charged under the Railways Act, the Explosive Substances Act, the Damage to Public Property Act and the Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act. However, some of the witnesses later had turned hostile. 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 charge sheet 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. Three other accused – Ramchandra Kalsangra, Sandeep Dange and Amit – are still at large and have been declared proclaimed offenders.

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