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Samjhauta: Planted one of the bombs,says Malegaon accused

Alleged key player in the Samjhauta Express explosion Lokesh Sharma reportedly confessed his involvement in the blasts and claimed that he planted one of the bombs in the passenger coach of the train along with Kamal Chauhan

Alleged key player in the Samjhauta Express explosion Lokesh Sharma reportedly confessed his involvement in the blasts and claimed that he planted one of the bombs in the passenger coach of the train along with Kamal Chauhan.

Sharma,35,claimed that there were four persons who were carrying suitcase bombs manufactured at Indore which were brought to Delhi by Indore Intercity Express.

Of the four,the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested Kamal,and Sharma was recently taken on remand by the agency in connection with the 2008 Malegaon blast. Two others,Amit Chauhan and Rajendra Pehalwan,are absconding.

Sharma claimed that the suitcases being carried by him and Kamal developed some problem while being activated after which Amit,the technical hand of the team,exchanged these with the ones with him. Of the four bombs,two exploded,one was defused,and another was seized by the police. The details of his interrogation are available with The Indian Express.

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Sharma gave details about the bombs,which he claimed were manufactured by Ramji Kalsangra and Amit at the former’s house in Indore. He said,“Prior to the blasts,Ramji told me that the work is going on. During the period I had visited Ramji’s house in Indore,and seen him working with wires,detonators,mobiles,cast iron pipes and other articles/explosives. About the case iron pipes,only Ramji would be able to tell you from where they were made or who was responsible for making them… About the explosives,Sunil Joshi and Sandeep Dange were the ones who used to source supplies of these. Ramji was involved in assembling the IEDs. Sandeep and Sunil used to visit that house. Sandeep is very reserved. Ramji is completely devoted to him and would do whatever Sandeep says. Sunil was a contemporary of Sandeep.”

The NIA in its chargesheet had claimed that Samjhauta Express bombing was masterminded by Sandeep Dange.

Sharma said that RSS leader Indresh Kumar was introduced to him and others (Sadhvi Pragya,Ramji,Sandeep) by slain RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi.

“We were introduced to Indresh at Jaipur’s RSS office during 2004 Diwali. To my knowledge,it was through Sunil that Ramji and others used to communicate with Indresh.”

Sharma is the second person after Swami Aseemanand who has claimed Sunil Joshi’s proximity to Indresh. Sharma’s claims become important with Joshi being described as the mastermind behind all Hindu terror cases. Sharma said,“I met Indresh through Sunil on a couple of occasions at Indore in 2006/2007. Indresh visited my house to attend the marriage of my cousin Priya in 2005 on the request of Pragya and Sunil.”