Chauhan planted bombs on Samjhauta: NIA

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 00:47

Panchkula/New Delhi: Kamal Chauhan, a
disgruntled RSS worker arrested by the NIA, had planted bombs
on board Samjhauta Express in 2007 after undergoing training
in arms and explosives in Haryana and Madhya Pradesh, the
agency claimed on Tuesday.

Chauhan was taken to Panchkula court which today granted
NIA his custody till February 24 for questioning him on his
alleged role in the blast in the Delhi-Lahore train that left
68 people, mostly Pakistanis, dead.

Investigations reveal that Chauhan along with Ramchandra
Kalasangra alias Ramji and Lokesh Sharma, also charged in the
case, planted the explosives in the train at Old Delhi, from
where the train originates, NIA`s Special Prosecutor RK Handa
said outside the court after the in-camera proceedings in the
case.

Chauhan, believed to be a close aide of Kalsangra and
Sandeep Dange, key accused in the Samjhauta case, was arrested
in Noida on Delhi`s outskirts on Sunday and was brought to
Panchkula in Haryana today. The NIA had sought his remand for
a fortnight.

"We have to unearth his complete involvement and
association. During investigations, it has come to light that
Chauhan underwent extensive training in handling of weapons
and explosives. He took training at Karni Singh shooting range
in Faridabad (Haryana) and a register seized by CBI on August
10, 2011 has the entries of his name in that shooting range.

He also took explosives and arms training at Bagli in Dewas
(Madhya Pradesh)," Handa said.

"To unearth more information about execution of the plan,
preparations that were made, a thorough investigation is
required, for which we have sought the remand," he said.

Chauhan, born in Mhow, was an activist of Rashtirya
Swayamsevak Sangh. Sources claimed that during interrogation,
Chauhan had spoken about his association with the RSS and his
fall out as he did not subscribe to the "new ideologies".

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 00:11

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