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Samjhauta Express blasts: Aseemanand to be out of Panchkula jail, sent to Jaipur jail

india Updated: Sep 17, 2016 20:48 IST
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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court here issued release warrants of Aseemanand, one of the alleged masterminds of Samjhauta Express blasts, after he furnished bail bonds on Saturday.

The blasts on Samjhauta Express had taken place on February 18, 2007, killing 68 people, mostly Pakistanis.

Aseemanand was granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana high court on August 28, 2014, but he did not submit the bail bonds before the trial court at that time.

Aseemanand, who is also accused in the Ajmer blasts case, will now be moved to Jaipur jail as the court verdict in that case would be pronounced soon.

His counsel said they would also apply for his bail in the Mecca Masjid blasts at Hyderabad soon.

The CBI had arrested him on November 18, 2010, and since then he has been in jail.


Meanwhile, witnesses in the Samjhauta blasts case continue to turn hostile during the trial proceedings in the case. On Saturday, one more witness resiled from his statement.

According to NIA, witness Jitendar Chaudhary was an uncle of Rajinder Chaudhary, who is an alleged bomb planter on the Samjhuata train. “He was to state that Rajinder Chaudhary had stayed with them during the period in which he was absconding. But he completely denied his earlier statement. He said that he didn’t know Rajinder nor did they have any relationship,” said Rajan Malhotra, counsel for NIA.