Two gatemen recorded their statements on Saturday before the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Samjhauta blasts case.
“Pawan Kumar, posted at gate no. 47 before Diwana railway station in Panipat informed that on February 18, 2007, Samjhauta train had just gone 100 mt from his crossing when he heard two blasts.
He immediately informed assistant station master of Diwana railway station VK Gupta on phone about it. The gateman posted at gate no. 48, Praveen Kumar, informed that he had seen the train on fire and had wanted to convert the signal from green to red but by that time the train had passed. The gate no. 48 was after the Diwana railway station. Finally, the train stopped at gate no. 49,” informed Rajan Malhotra, counsel for the NIA.
On February 18, 2007, two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) exploded in Samjhauta Express near Diwana railway station, Panipat, killing 68 and injuring 12 passengers. Samjhauta is a special train between India and Pakistan. Most of the victims of blasts were Pakistanis.
The next date in the case is April 11.