The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has named two more accused in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blasts case, thus taking the total number of accused to seven.
In its supplementary charge sheet filed at a special court at Panchkula, the NIA has named Kamal Chauhan, alias Bhai Saab, and Amit alias Ashwani Chauhan, and charged them with murder, conspiracy, and some other serious offences.
In its charge sheet, the NIA has accused Chauhan and Amit, who is currently missing, of planting suitcase bombs in the Indo-Pak Samjhauta Express train that claimed 68 lives, mostly Pakistanis, on February 18, 2007.
The NIA has said the duo, along with Lokesh Sharma and Samunder, alias Rajender Choudhary, who is also missing, had planted the bombs in the train near Panipat.
The remaining five accused charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act are Naba Kumar Sarkar alias Swami Asimanand, Sunil Joshi (now dead), Lokesh Sharma, Sandeep Dange, and Ramchandra Kalasangra alias Ramji. All the seven accused are allegedly linked to Hindu right-wing organisations.
In its charge sheet, the NIA, which has been investigating the case since July 29, 2010, has said that Kamal Chauhan had visited Delhi from Indore to select the target for the blasts.
They had initially decided on Delhi’s Jama Masjid area, but dropped the plan due to tight security in the communally sensitive locality. Later on, Samjhauta Express was selected as the target.
“They [Chauhan and Rajender] came by train to Delhi along with Lokesh Sharma and Amit for planting the bombs, and in due course, they planted the bombs as decided earlier by them. Investigation has also revealed that all of them had undertaken training in 2006 in a jungle near Bagli, District — Dewas, Madhya Pradesh. The accused, Kamal Chauhan and Amit, conspired and planned with the remaining accused and suspects and executed this terrorist act. They planted bombs in Samjhauta Express train on February 18, 2007,” the NIA statement said.