Samjhauta blasts: NIA chargesheets Aseemanand, 4 others

first_imgThe National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Monday filed a chargesheet against Hindutva leader Swami Aseemanand and four others, holding them responsible for the Samjhauta Express blasts in 2007 which left 68 people dead. Asimanand allegedly propounded a bomb ka badla bomb (bomb for bomb) theory and masterminded the terror strike, instigating the other accused to carry out the attack.Aseemanand represents right-wing Hindutva organisation Abhinav Bharat. He was arrested by the CBI on November 19, 2010, from Haridwar in Uttarakhand for his alleged role in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad.Others named in the 24- page chargesheet filed in a Panchkula court were the late Sunil Joshi, Lokesh Sharma, Sandeep Dange alias Parmanand and Ramchandra Kalasangra alias Ramji alias Vishnu Patel. While Joshi has been murdered, two other accused – Kalasangra and Dange – are absconding.The investigating agency was also looking into the part played by other suspects such as RSS leader Indresh Kumar, Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Amit alias Sunny and Devender Gupta for their involvement in the conspiracy.India will now formally hand over the NIA chargesheet to Pakistan. ” Our chargesheet shows that India has the courage to expose the real masterminds and plotters behind the Samjhauta Express attack. We expect the same from Pakistan, which continues to deny the involvement of the real masterminds such as Hafiz Saeed, ISI’s Major Iqbal and LeT commander Sajid Mir in the 26/ 11 case,” a top source said.Government sources revealed that Pakistan would be informed of the chargesheet if a query is raised from that side during the upcoming foreign- secretary level talks in Islamabad from June 23. ” A copy of the chargesheet would soon be handed over to Pakistan through diplomatic channels and Pakistan high commissioner Shahid Malik may be called to collect the same,” sources added.advertisementAccording to the chargesheet, Asimanand was upset with the jehadi terrorist attacks on Akshardham temple in Gujarat, Raghunath Mandir in Jammu and Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi. He and Joshi held a meeting at Shabridham ashram in Gujarat’s Dang district following the Varanasi blast in 2006.This was when they plotted the train attack. Asimanand presided over the meeting in which he said: ” Bomb ka jawab bomb se dena chahiye .” The accused chose to attack Samjhauta Express since the majority of travellers were Pakistani citizens. Asimanand provided financial and logistical support to the terror group. Dange, Ramji and Sharma and some others led by Joshi had procured the raw material for the IEDs. They also fabricated and planted the explosives in the train.The accused were charged with hatching a criminal conspiracy leading to murder, attempt to murder and some other offences under the IPC, in addition to the Railways Act, Explosive Substances Act, Prevention of Damage of Public Property Act and Unlawful Activities ( Prevention) Act. The Samjhauta Express blasts had taken place on February 18, 2007, at Diwana village near Panipat in Haryana.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img

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