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Samjhota Express blast case, four suspects acquitted by Indian court

Four suspects were acquitted by an Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Samjhota Express blast in 2007 due to which 70 people were killed including 42 Pakistanis.

Swami Aseemanand was the prime suspect among the three others who were suspected in the terror attack on the train which was heading to Lahore from New Delhi.

The Indian Express report informed that the counsel of National Investigation Agency (NIA) RK Handa said that it was concluded by the court that the investigating agency failed to prove the charge of conspiracy and the investigating agency failed to prove the conspiracy accused ‘deserved a benefit of doubt’.

The acquittal of the four people has been condemned by Pakistan who was accused in the incident of terror bombing. The spokesman of Foreign Office Dr Mohammad Faisal added that more than 42 Pakistani nationals were martyred during the terrorist attack.

The spokesman of Foreign Office Dr Mohammad Faisal further said that “When the families of those martyred will get justice?”

The Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) court reserved its order on the case of Samjhota Express blast in 2007 and has further adjourned the hearing following the appeal of a Pakistani woman to have her statement recorded.

The times of India reported that the daughter of Muhammad Vakeel and the resident of Hafizabad Rahila Vakeel gone missing during the incident had claimed in her petition that she had evidence relevant to the case. She further added that she has not received any call or summon and neither did she received a visa.

The court concluded final arguments of the case on March 6 and reserved the judgments for March 11.

The Samjhota Express was bombed by alleged Hindu extremists on February 2007 due to which 68 people were killed that involved 42 Pakistani people. The train was heading from New Delhi towards Lahore and was near Panipat when it was attacked.

The Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) has named eight people in its charge sheet as accused. The alleged mastermind of the attack Sunil Joshi was killed in December 2007.

 

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