Third Samjhauta ‘bomber’ held in MP

Nearly six years after the 2007 Samjhauta train blasts, the NIA Saturday arrested the third alleged bomber in the case.

Rajender Choudhary alias Dashrath Singh alias Samunder, 32, was caught near Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh where he was believed to have been holed up for the past one week.

The agency has sought Choudhary's transit remand and will produce him before a magistrate in Panchkula Sunday. He was named as one of the bomb planters in NIA's supplementary chargesheet filed in August this year.

The explosions in the moving train resulted in the death of 68 persons, including 43 Pakistanis.

The probe into the train bombings has revealed that there were four briefcase bomb planters who allegedly acted on the directions of former RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi, Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra.

Besides Choudhary, those accused of planting the bombs were Lokesh Sharma, Kamal Chauhan and Amit Chauhan. While Lokesh and Kamal are behind the bars, Amit is still on the run.

Preliminary questioning of Choudhary revealed that he was allegedly tasked by Lokesh to plant one of the "specially designed suitcase bombs" in one of the general coaches of the train. He also confirmed the route taken by the four bombers on the night of February 18, 2007 to reach Delhi and then alight from the train after placing the bombs.

A native of Depalpur in Indore, Choudhary is also alleged to be involved in several criminal cases in that city.

The NIA, which took over the probe in 2010, filed the first chargesheet against Swami Aseemanand, Lokesh Sharma, Sandeep Dange, Ramji Kalsangra and Sunil Joshi (now dead) in June 2011. The agency, however, has no evidence so far against RSS leader Indresh Kumar. The second chargesheet was filed in August this year in which the agency identified the bombers, and spoke of the training session, planning and execution of the blast.

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