Special NIA court defers hearing till March 14 in Samjhauta Express blast case

Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) hearing the Samjhauta Express blast case, on Monday deferred the matter till April 14.

During the hearing, a Pakistani national moved an application asking to depose in the court. The NIA has been asked to respond to the application.
The NIA in its chargesheet named at least eight persons as the accused and said that the explosion was planned to target mainly Pakistani Muslims.
On February 18, 2007, the blast in the Samjhauta Express, that connects India and Pakistan, claimed lives of at least 68 people, mostly Pakistan national.
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. As per the reports, the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) along with inflammable substances caused the blasts and fire in two coaches of the train near Panipat in Haryana on the night of February 18. The report added that two unexploded suitcase bombs were recovered from other compartments of the train.
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