Samjhauta Express blast: NIA arrests another person from MP
Bhopal/New Delhi: Dhan Singh, another suspect in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case, was on Monday arrested by the National Investigation Agency from Madhya Pradesh.
Singh, who was arrested from Chitrakoot along Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh border following intelligence input, is also suspected to be involved in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, sources said.
Singh, who is one of the alleged conspirators in the Samjhauta case, was known as `Swamiji` in Chitrakoot, they said.
The NIA had on December 15 arrested Rajender Chaudhary from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh for his alleged involvement in carrying out the blast in the Pakistan-bound train.
Chaudhary has been sent to 12 days custody of NIA by a court in Panchkula, Haryana, which is hearing the matter.
It is the fifth arrest in the case. The NIA has already arrested Kamal Chauhan, Aseemanand, Lokesh Sharma and Chaudhary for their alleged involvement in the blast.
The bomb blast in the Samjhauta Express near Panipat, Haryana on February 18, 2007 and the consequent fire in the train coaches had resulted in the loss of 68 lives and injuries to 12 train passengers including women and children.
The initial investigation into the bomb blast was conducted by the Government Railway Police and Special Investigation Team of Haryana Police and subsequently NIA took over the case on July 29, 2010 following a directive by the Home Ministry.
NIA had on June 20, 2011, filed the chargesheet before the special court under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against five accused -- Naba Kumar Sarkar alias Swami Aseemanand, Sunil Joshi (now dead), Lokesh Sharma, Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra Kalasangra alias Ramji.
The investigating agency had in August this year also filed a supplementary chargesheet in the case against a "disgruntled" RSS worker Kamal Chauhan and an associate in a special court at Panchkula charging them with murder, conspiracy and other offences.
Lokesh Sharma, a close associate of Sunil Joshi, had sent Chauhan and Pehalwan for the recce in December 2006.
Later, Old Delhi railway station was selected (for planting the bomb) from where the train originates, according to NIA sources.
Samjhauta Express was chosen as the target and both of them came to Indore on February 17, 2007 and took delivery of suitcase bombs to be planted in the train the next day.
With PTI inputs