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I am being forced to tell things: Aseemanand

Last Updated: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 21:46

Panchkula (Haryana): Hindu right-wing
activist Swami Aseemanand, an accused in the Samjhauta train blast case in Monday claimed "pressure" from investigating
agencies to make "false statements".

"It is such a big case which is connected to Pakistan.
They (authorities here) want to run the case on the basis of
false statements made under pressure. It poses a question mark
on our system," he told reporters here after a hearing.

"I am being forced to tell things," he said.
The matter is being investigated by the National
Investigation Agency (NIA) which has on June 20, filed a
charge sheet against Aseemanand and four others -- Lokesh
Sharma, Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra Kalasangra and Sunil
Joshi, who is now dead.

Sixty-eight people, mostly Pakistanis were killed in
the Samjhauta Express blast at Panipat`s Diwana village, about
80 km from Delhi in February 2007.
Aseemanand is accused in 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast, which
claimed three lives and left 15 others injured. Besides, the
investigating agency has claimed his role in blasts in
Hyderabad`s Mecca Masjid and Malegaon.

The self-styled seer was arrested by the CBI last year
from Haridwar in Uttarakhand for his alleged role in the Mecca
Masjid blast case.

In his confession that was recorded before the magistrate
few months ago, Aseemanand had alleged that a right-wing group
was responsible for the 2006 blasts in Malegaon, which killed
37 people and injured over 100.

The case will now be heard on January 10.


First Published: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 21:46
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