Valuable piece of evidence lost due to improper investigations: Special court in Samjhauta case

PANCHKULA (HARYANA): A special court which had acquitted Swami Aseemanand and three others in the Samjhauta Express train blast case on Thursday said the National Investigating Agency lost a valuable piece of evidence by not conducting an identification parade.

NIA court special Judge Jagdeep Singh said the agency did not bother to conduct a Test Identification Parade (TIP) of the suspects after learning that an Indore tailor may have stitched the covers of the two suitcases in which unexploded bombs were found in the train.

All the four accused — Naba Kumar Sarkar alias Swami Aseemanand, Lokesh Sharma, Kamal Chauhan and Rajinder Chaudhary — were acquitted by the court here on March 20.

The judgement in the case was made public on Thursday.

Sixty-eight people, mostly from Pakistan, were killed in February 2007 in the blast on the India-Pakistan train near Panipat in Haryana. (AGENCIES)