Samjhauta Express blast hearing adjourned, special court to resume hearing on March 14

Last Updated: Mar 12 2019 17:05
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In the high profile case pertaining to the IED blast in the Samjhauta Express in 2007, the Special court in Panchkula has adjourned the hearing case until March 14. The adjournment came after a Pakistani woman moved an application asking the court to allow witnesses from her country to depose before the court. 

Special NIA Court in Panchkula has reserved the order for March 14 in the case that witnessed a protracted in-camera trial involving four accused and a number of witnesses turning hostile. Haryana Police initially registered an FIR in the matter but the Ministry of Home Affairs subsequently transferred the probe to the NIA in July 2010. The first charge sheet was filed in the case in June 2011 and two supplementary charge sheets were filed in August 2012 and June 2013.

On February 18 in 2007, an IED blast was carried out in the Samjhauta train which runs between Delhi and Lahore at Panipat in Haryana. According to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the terror blast was carried out in pursuance to a criminal conspiracy aimed at threatening the “unity, integrity, security and sovereignty” of India. 68 people including 43 Pakistani citizens, 10 Indian citizens and 15 unidentified people were killed in the blast.