Samjhauta Blast Case: Pakistan Condemns Acquittal, India Hits Back

In 2007, a blast in the Samjhauta Express killed 68 people, mostly Pakistani citizens.

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Visuals of Aseemanand from the Panchkula court. He and three others were acquitted in the Samjhauta Express blast case.
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All the four accused in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case, including Aseemanand, Lokesh Sharma, Kamal Chauhan and Rajinder Chaudhary, were acquitted by a special NIA court in Panchkula on Wednesday, 20 March.

Attacking India’s judiciary, Pakistan summoned the Indian High Commissioner to lodge a strong protest against the acquittal of all four accused in the case.

Responding to Pakistan's condemnation of the acquittal, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) sources said the Indian High Commissioner rejected Pakistan's assertions.

Earlier on Wednesday, the NIA court had dismissed an application filed by Pakistani woman Rahila Wakil in connection with the case.

On 18 February 2007, a blast in the Samjhauta Express – which connects India and Pakistan – killed 68 people, mostly Pakistani nationals.

Aseemanand, a member of the right-wing Hindu group Abhinav Bharat, was accused of being involved in the bombing.

Snapshot
  • The court had earlier been expected to pronounce its verdict on 11 March, but the matter was deferred due to the Pakistani woman filing an application
  • NIA had said in its charge sheet that the explosion had targeted Pakistani Muslims
  • Lokesh Sharma, Sunil Joshi, Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra Kalasangra alias Ramji were named in the charge sheet
  • The incident happened at Dewana village near the industrial town of Panipat, 160 kilometres from Panchkula, in Haryana

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