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NIA identifies another Samjhauta Express bomber

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has identified Rajendra Pehelwan alias Samandar as another bomber in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blasts case.

delhi Updated: Feb 29, 2012 23:24 IST
Rajesh Ahuja

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has identified Rajendra Pehelwan alias Samandar as another bomber in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blasts case. Witnesses in the case have said he was taken to Jammu for training by his group leader and former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak Sunil Joshi.

Investigators believe that Sunil Joshi had no contact in Jammu besides an outfit that owes its inspiration and allegiance to a senior Hindu organisation functionary who has been under the scanner in the right-wing terror conspiracy. Investigators suspect that Samandar's training might have been connected with terrorist activities in which Joshi was involved.

Sources said Samandar was once an active member of the RSS in Madhya Pradesh, the hub of the right-wing terror conspiracy.

His identity was ferreted out of Kamal Chauhan, who was arrested from Noida on February 12 on charges that he was one of the four bombers who had carried out the explosions on the train.

Chauhan has further revealed that he, Samandar and two other associates - Lokesh Sharma and Amit alias Ashwini Chauhan - had planted four bombs on the Samjhauta Express. Samandar and Amit are on the run, while Lokesh and Kamal are in custody.

The NIA source said, "There were two teams to carry out the bombing - Kamal and Lokesh formed one, while Amit and Samandar formed the other.

All four reached Old Delhi railway station by train and checked into the dormitories. As Kamal and Lokesh weren't able to set the timers of their IEDs, they called Amit for help. But Amit and Samandar brought along their IEDs in suitcases and took away the IEDs of Kamal and Lokesh. All four left for Jaipur after planting the bombs on the train."

Sixty-eight people, most of them Pakistanis, had died in the explosions.