UK Bansal, special secretary (internal security) in the ministry of home affairs, today acknowledged that the case had been handed over the NIA. Sources in the MHA said this was done this week following a request from the Haryana Special Investigation Team (SIT), which had been probing the case. The bi-weekly train runs between Delhi and Lahore.
The government feels that the NIA, which has the mandate to investigate and prosecute offences of inter-state ramifications, the NIA is better placed to investigate this case where differing views, ranging from the alleged involvement of Lt Col Prasad Purohit to right-wing extremists, have emerged from time to time. The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) first suspected the involvement of Purohit in the supply of RDX used in the blast but later denied the statement.