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Father of Samjhauta 'bomber' moves court

Bhartesh Singh Thakur , Hindustan Times  Panchkula, December 17, 2012
First Published: 11:26 IST(17/12/2012) | Last Updated: 15:32 IST(17/12/2012)

Father of Rajender Pehalwan alias Samander Patel, who allegedly planted a bomb on the Samjhauta Express, moved the National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court, Panchkula, on Sunday requesting the court to allow him to meet his son before passing any order.

 
The NIA arrested Rajender Pehalwan on Saturday from Piploda village in Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh and will produce him before the NIA court here on Monday.

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Vikram Chaudhary, a resident of Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh), through his lawyer Padamkant Diwedi submitted before the court that they be heard and allowed to meet his son Rajender Pehalwan "before any orders are passed by this Hon'ble Court" on production of the accused.

He alleged that the NIA has falsely implicated and illegally arrested his son.

On February 18, 2007, two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) out of four had exploded on the Samjhauta Express near Dewana railway station in Panipat (Haryana), killing 68 passengers, most of them Pakistanis.

The NIA had filed a supplementary charge sheet on August 9, declaring that Rajender Pehalwan along with Lokesh Sharma, Kamal Chauhan and Amit had planted four bombs on the train.

Pehalwan was taken on transit remand from Ujjain court to be produced before the NIA court in Panchkula on Monday.

The other alleged bombers Sharma and Chauhan are lodged in Ambala jail at present, while Amit is still absconding.

The first charge sheet, submitted on June 20, 2011, had mentioned the names of Aseemanand (presently in Ambala jail) Sunil Joshi (murdered on December 29, 2007) and Sandeep Dange and Ramchander Kalsangra (both absconding).

What NIA has to say
As per NIA's supplementary charge sheet, Pehalwan took training in Bagli forest of Madhya Pradesh's Dewas district in January 2006 along with Kamal Chauhan, Amit and Lokesh Sharma. The training, organised by Sunil Joshi, who was the mastermind behind the train blasts, was about preparing pipe bombs and pistol firing. After receiving the training, the alleged accused decided to attack Muslim-dominated places and religious sites in order to take revenge for the attacks on Hindu temples and Indian cities by Jehadi terrorist groups.

Pehalwan, Chauhan, Sharma and Amit also took part in the firing practice organised by Joshi at Karni Singh firing range in Faridabad in April 2006.

Pehalwan and Chauhan also carried out a recce of Jama Masjid in Delhi and Old Delhi Railway Station, after which the group decided to target Samjhauta train due to less security at the railway station. The role of Pehalwan came to light, when Kamal Chauhan was arrested in February this year.

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