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Indian court grants bail to mastermind of Samjhauta Express blast

NEW DELHI: The Indian court has granted bail to Samjhauta Express blast mastermind Swami Aseemanand, sparking apprehensions from some quarters over the decision.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has decided not to challenge in Supreme Court the conditional bail granted to Swami Aseemanand, Lok Sabha.

Though the series of attacks by right-wing groups took place between 2006 and 2008, the cases against Aseemanand relate to three infamous attacks of 2007. Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid blasts, which killed 14 people, Ajmer Dargah blasts, which killed three persons, and the worst — the bombing of the Delhi-Lahore Samjhauta Express. Suitcase bombs had gone off in two compartments of the train, killing 68 people, most of them Pakistan nationals.

In December 2011, four years after his arrest, Aseemanand confessed to his involvement in the three attacks in court. He also implicated the RSS.

Former chief minister of Indian-held Kashmir Omar Abdullah said “How is the Indian justification of bail for Aseemanand any different from the Pakistani justification of bail for Lakhvi?,”

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