New Delhi: A National Investigative Agency (NIA) court in Haryana’s Panchkula is likely to announce the verdict today in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case, in which 68 people were killed. Also Read - ISIS Kerala-Tamil Nadu Module Case: 6 Men Booked For Plotting Terror Attack in South India
Further, the agency in its charge sheet named eight people as accused. However, only four of them will appear today before the court. Also Read - India Asks Pakistan to Expedite 26/11 Trials, Pathankot Probe And Take Credible Steps Against JeM
Earlier in September 2018, a special court asked the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to file a status report on 13 Pakistani witnesses in the blast case. Also Read - Samjhauta Express Blast Case: Self-confessed Monk Aseemanand Acquitted; Know Who is he
“Besides, the cross-examination of NIA’s chief investigating officer Vishal Garg was also conducted,” the counsel said.
In the previous hearings in the case, none of the 13 Pakistan nationals appeared before the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court to depose as witnesses despite being summoned.
Notably, 68 people were charred to death in the blasts in two coaches of Samjhauta Express in Panipat on February 18, 2007.
The Samjhauta Express, named after the Hindi word for “agreement”, comprises six sleeper coaches and an AC 3-tier coach. The train service was started on July 22, 1976, under the Shimla Agreement that settled the 1971 war between the two nations.