NIA court acquits Swami Aseemanand and three others in Samjhauta Express Blasts

Four people accused in the 2007 bombing of the Samjhauta Express were acquitted by an NIA court in Haryana. Swami Aseemanand along with three others will walk free as per the ruling of the anti-terror court.

Seventy people died when a train laden with explosives was headed from Delhi to Pakistan’s Lahore on February 18, 2007 . The blast took place near Panipat in Haryana.

The blast ripped two coaches of Samjhauta Express killing 70 people mostly Pakistani citizens.

The Haryana police registered a case, however the probe was handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in July 2010.

After its probe the NIA filed a chargesheet in June 2011, indicting eight people for their alleged roles in the terror attack.

The NIA probe concluded that the accused were upset with the terror attacks on Hindu temples, the Gujarat’s Akshardham, Jammu’s Raghunath Mandir and Varanasi’s Sankat Mochan Mandir.

Hence they conspired to trigger the blast in the Pak bound train which largely carried Pakistani nationals. The NIA chargesheet said the accused propounded a theory of ”bomb ka badla bomb”.