Jaunpur, Oct 30 (UNI) A local court today recorded the statement of the train driver in the Patna-New Delhi Shramjivi Express bomb blast case.
The July 28, 2005 blast near Halpalganj-Singramau railway station in the district had killed at least 14 people and grievously wounded 90 others.
An Accused Alamgeer alias Rony, presently lodged in the Tihar Jail, appeared before Additional District and Sessions Court (III) under tight security, where the statement of Shramjivi train driver Parmanand Singh was recorded.
The court summoned another witness Rajendra Yadav on November 6, which was fixed as the next date of hearing of the case. The court also extended Rony's judicial custody till this date.
Besides Rony, Obaid-ur-Rehman, Hilal-ud-din and Nafikul are prime accused in the case.
There are 48 witnesses in the case, of which over 30 witnesses have recorded their statement.
Chargesheet against the accused had already been filed under CrPC sections 148, 307, 302 and 120 B, Explosive Substance Act section 3/4, Railway Act section 150, 151 and Foreigners Act section 14.
Another accused Mohd Sharif alias Sirajuddin of Bangladesh is absconding, while Dr Sayeed is yet to be traced.
Accused Ghulam Rajdani alias Pahiya was gunned down in an encounter.
In May 2006, Hilal-ud-din and Nafikul were brought here from Cherallapalli Central Jail, Andhra Pradesh under a warrant, while Obaid-ur-Rehman, a Bangladeshi, was brought from Murshidabad, West Bengal.