Samjhauta blast case: NIA arrests bomb planter

NIA has arrested Kamal Chouhan, key accused in the blast case, who had allegedly planted the bomb in the train.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: In a major development in the 2007 Samjhauta blast case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday arrested a key suspect after police interrogation.

India`s premier anti-terror probe body, NIA has identified the suspect as Kamal Chouhan, key accused in the case who allegedly planted the bomb in the train.
However, Kamal Chouhan was picked up and taken into custody by the NIA from the Indore district of Madhya Pradesh for questioning on late Saturday.

According to sources, Kamal Chouhan is one of the two persons who had planted the bomb in Samjhauta express and is also a close aid of Ramji Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange who are also the key accused in the case.

NIA believes that by further questioning Kamal Chouhan they will be able to find the second person also who helped Kamal Chouhan to plant the bomb in Samjhauta express. However due to security concerns NIA has not revealed the name of the second person.

Meanwhile NIA has announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for credible information of absconding Ramji and Sandeep.
Over sixty people were killed when bombs were set off in two coaches of Samjhauta Express, running between Delhi and Lahore, around midnight on February 18, 2007, at Diwana near Panipat in Haryana.

Earlier the NIA had already charged Swami Aseemanand, Sadhvi Pragya, Sunil Joshi (now dead), Sandeep Dange, Lokesh Sharma and Ramchandra Kalasangra alias Ramji for triggering the explosions in the Samjhauta Express.

Meanwhile according to reports, Kamal Chouhan is likely to be produced in the court on Monday.