New Delhi: A court in Haryana’s Panchkula reserved its verdict in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case on Tuesday for March 14.

According to a report in News18, the verdict has been deferred after a Pakistani woman approached the court and filed a petition, saying that she has new evidence in the case. Earlier, the court had reserved its order for March 11.

On February 18, 2007, a blast in the Samjhauta Express that connects India and Pakistan killed 68 people, mostly Pakistan national. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) in its chargesheet said that the explosion targeted Pakistani Muslims.

The incident happened at Diwani village near the industrial town of Panipat, 160 kilometres from here, in Haryana, when it was heading towards Attari, the last station on the Indian side.

The NIA in its chargesheet said the blast was carried out using IEDs and inflammable substances, which caused a fire in two coaches of the train in Haryana on the night of February 18, 2007. Two unexploded suitcase bombs were also found in other compartments of the train.

Aseemanand, a member of the right-wing Hindu group Abhinav Bharat, was alleged to be involved in the bombing. He is currently out on bail.

Sunil Joshi, the alleged mastermind, was found dead in 2007, in Madhya Pradesh’s Dewas, while Ramchandra Kalasangra alias Ramji could not be traced. Lokesh Sharma, Sunil Joshi, Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra Kalasangra are named in the chargesheet.

 

With IANS inputs