Three more witnesses in the 2007 Samjhauta Express train bomb blasts case turned hostile on Friday before the Panchkula Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court. These are Sarwan Chauhan, Jitender Kumar and Kismat Chauhan of Depalpur area in Indore district of Madhya Pradesh.
The blasts had occurred near Dewana railway station in Haryana’s Panipat district, killing 68 people, mostly from Pakistan, and injuring 12 on the intervening night of February 18 and 19, 2007. The train was on its way from Delhi to Lahore in Pakistan.
Sarwan and Jitender are childhood friends of one of the accused, Kamal Chauhan, who is behind the bars in Ambala’s Central Jail and Kismat is Chauhan’s cousin.
According to NIA’s counsel Rajan Malhotra, all three accused Friday took an u-turn from their earlier statements given to the NIA after Kamal Chauhan’s arrest. Malhotra said all three witnesses told the court that Kamal Chauhan had no connection with the RSS and also denied that he was missing for 7-8 months. They also said that they did not have any knowledge about Kamal Chauhan’s association with another accused in the case, Rajender Chaudhry. The next hearing of the case has been scheduled for July 30, to examine three more witnesses in the case.