Human Rights

NIA to investigate Samjhauta blast

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has decided to transfer the Samjhauta blast case to NIA in the wake of Haryana police failure to make any breakthrough in spite of investigations for a period of 40 months. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said, “one of the aspects that NIA will probe is whether the Samjhauta blast has any connection with the Ajmer, Mecca Masjid and Malegaon blasts”.

It may be recalled that the Samjhauta Express blast had killed 68 persons on 18th February 2007 near Diwana railway station. Since then the role of Hindu ultra outfits was suspected although officially Pakistan-based terror outfits were blamed. The interrogation of the Malegaon blast accused Lt. Col. SP Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur had revealed that Hindutva outfits were behind Samjhauta blast.

The initial investigation led to suspicion of LeT, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and ISI’s role in sabotaging the Pakistan Foreign Minister’s proposed visit to New Delhi next morning. The then National Serucity Advisor MK Narayanan had repeatedly declared that there was “concrete evidence” to suspect those Pakistani outfits.

Two elusive bombers accused of the Ajmer and Mecca Masjid blasts, Ramji. Kalasangre and Sandip Dange, are from Indore and most of the material was purchasd from Kothari Market of of the same city.

The printed circuit boards used in the bombs were of good quality, well-finished and seemed to be handiwork of professionals on computerised machines. One of the accused, Sunil Joshi, was muredered later at Dewas near Indore.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 August 2010 on page no. 11

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