Samjautha blast: NIA provides list of 28 protected witnesses

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday provided the list of 28 protected witnesses in the Samjuatha blast case to the lawyers of three main accused. The agency has made a television journalist and some RSS activists protected witnesses in the train blast case, which left 68 people dead and dozens injured in 2007.

The NIA, in the disclosure statements of the witnesses against the three accused — Swami Assemanand, Lokesh Sharma and Kamal Chouhan — has revealed that some of the accused were active members of the RSS. Some witnesses had also reportedly stated that the activities of those involved in the bombings were suspicious, as some had faked their identities.

According to the statements, the agency has revealed that a television journalist went to the Panchkula court to shoot the video of accused Kamal Chouhan. The journalist has stated that after NIA got Chouhan's police remand and he was taken away from the court, a reporter asked him about his involvement in the Samjhauta case. To this, Chouhan reportedly confessed to the crime. The confession was reportedly recorded by many journalists present there.

Among the RSS activists, who have been made protected witnesses in the case, one has revealed that another accused in the case, Ramji Kalsangra, had introduced him to

one Ashok, "whose activities were suspicious".

A witness has also stated that RSS activist Sunil Joshi and another accused in the case, Lokesh Sharma, "wanted to take revenge against attacks on Hindu temples by Jehadi Muslims."

A protected witness has also confirmed that Chouhan actively participated in RSS camps. "Kamal Chouhan was instrumental in starting regular activities of RSS in Murkheda. He took active part in RSS and remained a member of Gow Surksha Samiti," a witness had stated.

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