22 September, 2020

An Explosive Trail

NIA’s chargesheet nails Hindutva terror

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An Explosive Trail
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A New Colour

  • The NIA’s latest chargesheet in the Samjhauta Express blasts rules out a jehadi angle, confirms the Hindutva terror angle
  • The bombers and conspirators are ex-RSS activists. One accused, Sanjay Joshi, was murdered.
  • The suspects in jail are Kamal Chauhan and Lokesh Sharma. The rest are absconding.
  • Jama Masjid was recced, but the train was seen as an easier target

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For more than one and a half years after they occurred, the blasts on the Delhi-Lahore Samjhauta Express, which claimed 68 lives, were believed to be the handiwork of Islamist terrorist groups. The attack happened  on February 18, 2007, the day before Pakistan’s then foreign minister, Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri, was arriving to resume peace talks. So sleuths suspected the hand of Islamist groups intent on derailing the Indo-Pak initiative.

Now, the NIA has confirmed that the terror attack was actually the work of Hindutva outfits. The agency’s latest...

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