NIA Court Defers Verdict in Samjhauta Express Blast Case After Pak Woman Files Petition



A National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Panchkula, which was set to pronounce the Samjhauta Express blast verdict, has pushed the hearing to March 14. The verdict was deferred after a Pakistani woman approached the court and filed a petition, seeking to present new evidence in the 12-year-old case. Earlier, the court had reserved its verdict for today after the cross examination in the matter on March 6. On February 18, 2007, explosion in two coaches of Samjhauta blast killed 68 people on its way to Pakistan. The NIA in its chargesheet said the act was committed using IEDs and inflammable substances, which caused blasts and fire in two coaches of the train in Haryana on the night of February 18, 2007. In its charge sheet, the NIA has named eight persons as the accused but only four of them Naba Kumar Sarkar, or Swami Aseemanand (out on bail), Lokesh Sharma (in judicial custody), Kamal Chauhan (in judicial custody) and Rajinder Chaudhary (in judicial custody) appeared before the court today when the verdict was supposed to be pronounced.



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