March 20, 2019 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh/Panchkula: A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Panchkula on Wednesday acquitted all four accused, including Aseemanand in 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case.
The order acquitting all four accused – Aseemanand, Lokesh Sharma, Kamal Chauhan and Rajinder Chaudhary was pronounced by the special court today. The court on Monday had reserved its order on the case.
The case pertains to death of 69 persons in an explosion in Samjhauta Express in Panipat district of Haryana on February 18, 2007. Out of the deceased, 33 were male, 19 were female, 10 were male children, and 6 were female children.
The NIA filed the first charge sheet before a special CBI court in Panchkula in 2011 and named five major accused namely Naba Kumar Sarkar alias Swami Aseemanad, Sunil Joshi alias Manoj Joshi alias Guruji, Ramchandra Kalsangra alias Ramji alias Vishnu Patel, Sandeep Dange alias Parmanand and Lokesh Sharma alias Kalu.
While in 2012, a supplementary charge sheet was filed against two people, namely Kamal Chauhan alias Badrinarayan alias Vijay, and Amit alias Ashok alias Prince.
In the following year, in another supplementary charge sheet, the NIA named another accused Rajendra Chaudhary alias Samunder alias Laxman Das Maharaj.
The Sikh Siyaaat was waiting for the copy of today’s judgement at the time of reporting this news.