Samjhauta verdict| RSS member acquitted despite damning evidence: Mehbooba Mufti

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March 20, 2019 8:02 PM

Earlier in the day, a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court acquitted all the four accused including Swami Aseemanand in the Samjhauta train blast case in which 68 people had died.

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Hours after Samjhauta blast verdict, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said that all the accused were freed despite incriminating evidence against them. She also said that the judgement would have been different if the accused were Kashmiris or Muslims.

“Despite damning evidence, the accused inc a former RSS member have been acquited. God forbid, had they been Kashmiris/Muslims they would be pronounced guilty & imprisoned without even a fair trial. Why such double standards and leniency towards saffron terror?” Mehbooba Mufti said in a tweet.

Earlier in the day, a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court acquitted all the four accused including Swami Aseemanand in the Samjhauta train blast case in which 68 people had died in 2007. The explosion happened near Panipat in Haryana when the train was on its way to Attari in Amritsar.

Initially, Haryana Police probed the blast case but later transferred it to NIA in 2010. A year later, the NIA filed a charge sheet against eight persons for allegedly perpetrating the terror attack.

Among the accused were Swami Aseemanand, Lokesh Sharma, Kamal Chauhan, Rajinder Chaudhary, Sunil Joshi, Ramchandra Kalsangra, Sandeep Dange and Amit. However, only four accused — Swami Aseemanand, Lokesh Sharma, Kamal Chauhan, Rajinder Chaudhary — appeared before the court and faced trial. Sunil Joshi was shot dead near his home in Dewas district of Madhya Pradesh in December 2007.

The three other accused could not be arrested and were declared proclaimed offenders. The agency had charged all the accused with murder and criminal conspiracy, and under the Explosive Substances Act and the Railways Act.

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