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NIA to probe Samjhauta Express blast case

Source: PTI
July 29, 2010 17:50 IST
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With no breakthrough in the over three-year-old Samjhauta Express blast case, the Centre has decided to handover its probe to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to unravel the conspiracy.

"The Samjhauta blast case has been handed over to the NIA," Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Home Ministry Utthan Kumar Bansal told reporters on the sidelines of a function.

Sixty-eight people were killed when bombs were set off in two coaches of cross-country Samjhauta Express, running between Delhi and Lahore, around midnight on February 18, 2007 at Diwana near Panipat, 80 kilometres north of Delhi.

The case was being handled by Harayana Police which had failed to make any headway after its probe led to a tailor at Indore who had prepared the cover for the suitcase in which the bombs were planted.

Investigators probing Samjhauta Express blast case have reportedly gathered evidence that points to a finger of
suspicion at a Hindu right wing extremist organisation.

They have been claiming that there was a link between the Ajmer blast in Rajasthan and Mecca Masjid blast in Andhra Pradesh's capital Hyderabad.

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