Pakistani hand in Samjhauta Express ruled out

New Delhi: Investigations by NIA have caused a setback to India’s earlier allegation that Pakistani elements were involved in Samjhauta Express blast of 2007. Now the agency is convinced that it was a home-grown terror operation executed by Abhinav Bharat. The union home minister indicated that there has been some breakthrough though he refused to divulge the details. The agency is trying to ascertain wherefrom the RDX was procured. It is believed that Aseemanand provided some vital clues in the matter.

Now government shall have to be defensive against Pakistani charge of killing its 60 citizens. This may also provide Pakistan an opportunity to defend its delay in 26/11 probe. “Pakistan may even demand extradition of Aseemanand,” said a source.

The Varanasi probe may also be handed over to the NIA in the wake of Digvijay Singh’s letter to the union home minister. Annoyed by such interference, the UP DGP, did not attend a meeting convened by the Union home ministry on the pretext of pre-occupation. An officer probing Varanasi case felt that such statements caused them a problem when they were on the verge of nabbing a suspect.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2011 on page no. 9

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