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Monday February 13, 2012 12:59:40 PM, Agencies

New Delhi: In a significant breakthrough in the Samjhauta Express blast case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested late Sunday night Kamal Chauhan, said to be one of the persons who planted the briefcases loaded with explosives on the ill fated train.


This is the third arrest in the case. Swami Aseemanand is also in custody for his involvement in the case.


The blast had left nearly 70 dead and 100 injured — most of them Pakistanis.


Media reports quoting highly-placed NIA sources said Chauhan, along with the key suspect in the blast case Sunil Joshi, had procured the two suitcases used in the twin blasts in the train from a shop in Indore.


A resident of Moorkheda village near Indore, Kamal Chauhan is alleged to be one of the persons who planted the briefcases loaded with explosives on February 18, 2007.

“We will question him regarding his association with Sunil Joshi,” Indian Express quoted a top NIA official as saying.

Joshi had allegedly procured the two suitcases used in the twin blast from a shop in Indore.

During its investigations and especially after the arrest of Swami Aseemanand, the NIA had claimed that the blast was the handiwork of saffron terror outfits. The other key suspects — Sandeep Dange, Ramchandra Kalsangra and Ashok alias Ashwini Chauhan — are still on the run on whom the NIA has announced rewards ranging from Rs 2 to 10 lakhs.

Chauhan’s name does not figure among those declared proclaimed offenders by the NIA.

Officials said that his custodial interrogation will provide vital leads, particularly about the three missing accused persons and the sources of explosives.


NIA sources also claimed that they had kept Chauhan under surveillance for the last few days following a specific tip-off. The NIA so far is extremely tightlipped about the arrest as it will produce Chauhan in court here on Monday, Asian Age reported.

Officials involved with the investigations are optimistic that Chauhan’s custodial interrogation will provide them vital leads on the Samjahuta blast case, particularly about three missing accused persons and the sources of the explosives. It was largely suspected that RDX has been used in the blast as some traces were found in the twin explosions.








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