India is deeply infested with a colossal homegrown insurgency in the form of religious terror groups. India has been unable to destroy the Hindutva terror. The Indian state seems to be paralyzed into inaction. Its been five years, and none of the Bharati penetrators of the heinous crime of blowing up a civilian train have been brought to justice. This much is certain, the materials issued were of the Indian Army, and several soldiers have been involved. A colonel has been arrested. Now new revelations, which may be startling to the Bharati media, but not so surprising for Pakistan–are the confessions by one Kamal Chouhan who described how the Samjhauta Express bombs were brought to the capital. He also defined how the bombs were taken to the railway station. He also detailed the sequence of events leading to the tragedy that killed 68 passengers, most of them Pakistani nationals.
Mr. Chouhan, has finally been arrested last Sunday and produced in court earlier this week. The terrorist has reportedly said that he has no “regrets” over the Samjhauta bombing. According to press reports that Chauhan has said to have told interrogators that there were four “planters” who came in two separate groups to Old Delhi Railway station with four suitcases, each one carrying a bomb.
The Bharati media is now reporting that Mr. Chouhan said that he was among 11 people who were given arms training at Bagli in early 2006 and also part of the “firing lessons” — organised by the deceased Sunil Joshi — given to eight people in Faridabad in April 2006.
- Mr. Chouhan has said that in the terror group received the initial arms training, there were Joshi, Ramji (Ramachandra Kalsangra, who is on the run), Sandeep Dange (absconding) and Lokesh Sharma (in jail). What the media did not report was the facts relating to the Indian Army’s involvement in the terror.
- Chouhan said that on February 15, 2007, three days before the bombing, he received a phone call from Sharma in Indore who told him that “the time for work has come”, and asked him to come to the Indore railway station to “accompany him on a journey”. Chouhan claims he didn’t ask for details but knew that “they were going to plant a bomb somewhere”.
- At the railway station, Chouhan told investigators, he met Lokesh who had two suitcases. “I pulled one and found it is heavier, heavier than a suitcase with clothes. He (Lokesh) had arranged the train reservation already. We had confirmed tickets,’’ he said. Investigators are not sure what names were used.
- Chouhan and Lokesh boarded Intercity Express to Hazrat Nizamuddin. Chouhan said Lokesh used a chain to lock the suitcases. He said they avoided all talk of their “mission” because there were people around. Both reached Nizamuddin the next morning from where they went to the Old Delhi Railway Station where they checked into a dormitory. They kept the suitcases in the room and went for a stroll, had lunch near Red Fort and it was then that they discussed the bombing plan, Chouhan told investigators.
- That evening, Chouhan told investigators, they waited for Samjhauta Express to pull in. “Lokesh took the briefcase that he was carrying and boarded the train and left it there. He had asked me to wait. Then he came back and took the briefcase that I was carrying and went to another compartment,’’ Chouhan told investigators. “After this, we left the station immediately.’’
- On their way out, Chouhan reportedly said, they saw two of their associates on the platform. “They were at a little distance. I recognised them but we didn’t talk, they also had come with two bombs.”
Investigators have already identified the other two planters, one of them is from Nashik. Their names aren’t being revealed.
- Interestingly, Lokesh Sharma, booked for his role in Samjhauta bombing in the chargesheet filed by NIA against Naba Kumar Sarkar alias Swami Asimanand, Sunil Joshi, Ramchandra Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange on July 29, 2010, is already in jail. He is likely to be questioned again. After Chouhan’s revelations, investigators are once again examining CCTV camera footage from the Old Delhi railway station.
- Regarding the source of the bombs, Chouhan has told investigators that these were given to Lokesh by Ramji. Four IEDs were planted in unreserved compartments of the Samjhauta Express, of which the IEDs in the 12th
- and 13th compartments exploded. The explosion was followed by fire in the compartments. One unexploded IED in a suitcase was recovered from the 15th compartment, which exploded in the process of being defused. One unexploded IED in a suitcase was recovered from the spot down the railway line (near the 15th compartment).
- Pakistan will never forget Indian terror murder of Pakistani passengers of Samjhota Express (rupeenews.com)