The hearing of Samjhota express blast, which killed more than fifty people, has been adjourned till March 18 as on Thursday (March 14) the lawyers were on strike, NIA officials said.
Twelve years after improvised explosive devices (IEDs) rocked the Samjhauta Express — the India-Pakistan peace train — a National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Panchkula was set to deliver the verdict in the case on today (March 14). The verdict was deferred on March 11 after a Pakistani woman Rahila Vakeel, a resident of Hafizabad and daughter of Muhammad Vakeel who had gone missing during the blast, filed a petition in the special court to record her statement as a witness.
The 2007 Samjhauta Express bombing was a terrorist attack that occurred around midnight on 18 February 2007 on the Samjhauta Express, a twice-weekly train service connecting Delhi, India, and Lahore, Pakistan. Bombs were set off in two carriages, both filled with passengers, just after the train passed Diwana near the Indian city of Panipat, 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of New Delhi. 70 people were killed in the ensuing fire and dozens more were injured. Of the 70 fatalities, most were Pakistani civilians. The victims also included some Indian civilians and three railway policemen.
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25 May, 2019