Panchkula: Capping four years
of probe, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday
charged Swami Aseemanand and four others with triggering
explosions in the cross-border Samjhauta Express in 2007 that
left 68 people dead.
In the charge sheet filed before the Special Court
here, the NIA accused Aseemanand, Sunil Joshi (now dead),
Lokesh Sharma, Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra Kalasangra alias
Ramji of hatching a criminal conspiracy which resulted in bomb
blasts in the Samjhauta Express near Panipat on February 18,
2007. Majority of those killed in the blast were Pakistanis.
The NIA investigation has brought out that Aseemanand was
quite upset with the Jehadi/terrorist attacks on Akshardham
temples in Gujarat, Raghunath temple in Jammu and Sankat
Mochan temple in Varanasi.
"He used to `give vent to` his feelings while discussing
with Sunil Joshi and his associates. Over a period of time,
they developed a deep vengeance against not only the `Jehadi`
terrorists but unfortunately against an entire minority
community as such.
"As a result, Aseemanand propounded a `bomb ka badla bomb`
(bomb for bomb) theory. Samjhauta train was particularly
chosen, as most of the passengers who travel in it are
Pakistani citizens. Aseemanand not only provided financial and
logistical support to the terror group which executed this
dastardly act but also played a vital role in instigating and
motivating his associates to undertake this terrorist act,"
the NIA chargesheet said.
The bi-weekly Samjhauta Express, which runs between Delhi
and Lahore, plays a vital role in improving people-to-people
contacts between India and Pakistan.