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Samjhauta Express blasts case: NIA files charge-sheet
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today filed a charge-sheet at a Special Court in Panchkula against the five accused in Samjhauta Express blasts case of 2007.
THE NATIONAL Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a charge sheet against five accused Naba Kumar Sarkar alias Swami Asimanand, Sunil Joshi (now dead), Lokesh Sharma, Sandeep Dange alias Parmanand and Ramchandra Kalasangra involved in the Samjhauta Express blasts case at a special court in Panchkula on Monday.

On February 18, 2007, 68 people were killed and 12 other passengers injured including women and children when a bomb blast occurred in a cross-border Samjhauta Express near Panipat, Haryana. In the explosion a large number of Pakistani nationals as well as Indian civilians and government officials either lost their lives or were severely injured.

Several train coaches were destroyed in the explosion, which led to a fire in the bi-weekly train. It caused a huge loss to the property of the Indian Railways.

NIA took over the investigation of the Samjhauta Express blasts case from SIT on July 29, 2010. The agency conducted a wide investigation, which covered various parts of the country, including Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, U.P., Bihar, Jharkhand and M.P.

According to the NIA investigation, Asimanand was quite upset with the terrorist attacks on Akshardham temple in Gujarat, Raghunath temple in Jammu and Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi and in order to settle scores proposed a bomb attack.
Asimanand provided financial and logistical assistance to the terror group and also played a vital role in instigating and motivating his associates to undertake this terrorist act. They decided to target the train, which runs between Delhi and Lahore, especially because most of the passengers who travel in it are Pakistani citizens.

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