Guard records statement, says train was not checked
The guard aboard the Samjhauta Express on the night of bomb blasts on February 18, 2007, has stated in the court that there was no security at the Delhi railway station for the train and anyone could have entered the compartments easily.chandigarh Updated: Feb 26, 2014 09:43 IST
The guard aboard the Samjhauta Express on the night of bomb blasts on February 18, 2007, has stated in the court that there was no security at the Delhi railway station for the train and anyone could have entered the compartments easily.
Recording his statement here on Tuesday, guard Ram Dhan Singh said the train had not been checked on the day two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) went off aboard near Dewana, Panipat, killing 68 passengers and injuring another 12. Samjhauta is a special train that runs between India and Pakistan. Most of the victims of the blasts were Pakistani.
Ram Dhan Singh was in the guard compartment that day. "He has told the court that the train started from Delhi around 10.58pm. It used to be parked about half an hour before departure. Near Diwana, he smelled smoke and saw three bogies on fire. He then applied the brakes," said National Investigation Agency (NIA) counsel RK Handa.
"At Diwana, he informed the higher-ups on walkie-talkie. It was he who detached the burning bogies from the main train. Doing that, he burnt his hands," said Rajan Malhotra, another NIA counsel.
All four accused (Aseemanand, Lokesh Sharma, Rajinder Chaudhary and Kamal Chauhan) were in the court during the hearing. Of the other four accused, Sunil Joshi was murdered on December 29, 2007; while Sandeep Dange, Ramchandra Kalsangre, and Amit "Ashwani Chauhan" are on the run.