A special NIA court on Wednesday (March 20) acquitted four people including Prime accused Swami Aseemanand for the deadly firebombing of the Samjhauta Express in 2007.
At least 68 people, 42 of whom were Pakistani passengers, were killed in the attack on Samjhauta Express on February 18, 2007. The train was on its way to Lahore from New Delhi.
Investigators had concluded that terrorists had used improved explosive devices and inflammable substances for the blasts and the fire in two coaches of the train near Panipat in Haryana, according to state media. Two unexploded suitcase bombs were found in other compartments of the train. Swami Aseemanand, a self-proclaimed monk and a former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh activist, is known to have worked to convert people to Hinduism.
It is unfortunate that the biased verdict is given by national investigation agency, a national institution which is under fully control of Narendra Modi. Acquittance of main accused of the attack exposes the fact that Indian political and judicial system is dominated and highly influenced by Sangh Parivar which refers to the family of Hindu nationalist organizations .
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25 August, 2019