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Asseemanand gets bail in Samjhauta blast case

Agencies  New Delhi, August 28, 2014
First Published: 17:49 IST(28/8/2014) | Last Updated: 18:24 IST(28/8/2014)

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday granted bail to Hindu leader Swami Aseemanand, one of the accused in the Samjhauta train blast case. 

Aseemanand and three others were facing trial in a special National Investigating Agency (NIA) court in Haryana's Panchkula town.  Aseemanand was charged for his role in the Samjhauta Express link train blast on Feb 18,  2007 at Diwana village near the industrial town of Panipat. 

Division bench comprising Justice SS Saron and Justice Lisa Gill of the high court has granted him bail while considering the pleas that Assemanand is in custody for the past four years and there are around 300 witnesses in this case, some of which are in Pakistan and it would take years to complete the examination of all the witnesses.

The bombs placed in suitcases went off in two bogies of the train to Pakistan, killing 68 people, majority of them Pakistani nationals. Aseemanand, a member of the right-wing Hindu group Abhinav Bharat, is also an accused in the Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad in 2007 in which 14 people were killed.

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