With the arrest of another Hindu right wing activist in Samjhauta blast case, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday charged the United Progressive Alliance with “il-intentions”, saying the government which had earlier accused and arrested SIMI members in connection with the explosion now appears to have taken a different stand.
“The Samjhauta blast case has exposed the ill-intentions of this government. It had earlier arrested Safdar Nagori (SIMI Nagori faction chief) and others and they had confessed to their involvement in the blast. What is the status of that case? The government stand on this case cannot be trusted,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Kamal Chauhan, believed to be a close aide of Ramji Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange, key accused in the case, from Indore. He has reportedly confessed that he planted the bomb in the train which led to the death of 68 people on February 18, 2007.
Initial investigations into the blast saw the authorities claiming Safdar Nagori and his group had carried out the blast with the help of terrorists from Pakistan.
“Since the matter is in court, we would not like to comment. But SIT had earlier arrested Nagori and others and conducted narco tests on them. Now it is for the courts to decide and deliver justice. But there are two cases in the matter,” Mr. Javadekar said.
Later investigations pointed fingers at Hindu right-wing groups and led to the arrest of Swami Aseemanand and Sadhvi Pragya, among others.
Keywords: Samjhauta Express bombing