NEW DELHI - An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted four people, including prime accused Swami Aseemanand, in the Samjhauta Express bombing case.
At least 68 people, 42 of whom were Pakistani passengers, were killed in the attack on Samjhauta Express on February 18, 2007. The train was on its way to Lahore from New Delhi.
Investigators had concluded that terrorists had used improved explosive devices and inflammable substances for the blasts and the fire in two coaches of the train near Panipat in Haryana, according to the Hindustan Times link. Two unexploded suitcase bombs were found in other compartments of the train.
Swami Aseemanand, a self-proclaimed monk and a former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh activist, is known to have worked to convert people to Hinduism.
According to The Hindu link, Aseemanand had confessed to his involvement in bombings at various worship places across the country, such as Ajmer Sharif and Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid, and in Malegaon for taking revenge against the “terror acts of Muslims”.
However, he later told a court investigating the 2007 Samjhauta train blast case that the Indian investigation agency “tortured” and “put pressure on him to give wrong statements.