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Swami Aseemanand and 4 others charged by NIA for Samjhauta Express blasts

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Swami Aseemanand

By- Correspondent | Date– 21 June 2011 | Place– New Delhi

Hindutva leader Swami Aseemanand and four others were charge sheeted by The National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Monday. They were hold responsible for the Samjhauta Express blasts in 2007 in which 68 people, majority of them Pakistani nationals were killed.

Others named in the charge sheet filed are late Sunil Joshi, Lokesh Sharma, Sandeep Dange alias Parmanand and Ramchandra Kalasangra alias Ramji alias Vishnu Patel. Of them, Joshi has been murdered and the two other accused – Kalasangra and Dange – are absconding.

Swami Aseemanand, who represents Hindutva organization Abhinav Bharat, was earlier arrested by the CBI on November 19, 2010, from Haridwar in Uttarakhand. He was accused of being a part of the conspiracy which played the role in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad.

According to the charge sheet by NIA, Swami Aseemanand was upset with the Jehadi terrorist attacks on Akshardham temple in Gujarat, Raghunath Mandir in Jammu and Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi. He and ;ate Joshi had then held a meeting at Shabridham ashram in Gujarat’s Dang district following the Varanasi blast in 2006 and plotted the train attack such that maximum Pakistanis could be harmed.

It is expected now that India will use this charge sheet to use as a diplomatic weapon against Pakistan. India is expected to be showcasing that they (India) could officially name and take action against the conspirators of the Samjhauta Express attack, whereas Pakistan still continues to deny involvement of Hafiz Saeed, ISI Major Iqbal and LeT commander Sajid Mir in the 26/11 case.

Mentionable that the investigating agency is also looking into the possibility of roles played by other suspects such as RSS leader Indresh Kumar, Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Amit alias Sunny and Devender Gupta for their involvement in the conspiracy.

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Swami Aseemanand and 4 others charged by NIA for Samjhauta Express blasts

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