ISI hand in train derailment case? Nepal has doubts

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Shamshul Huda, the alleged mastermind behind the train derailments in India was arrested in Nepal.While the investigations in India have confirmed his role in the incidents, Nepal is yet to confirm the same. His arrest last week was considered to be a major breakthrough, but dramatically India did not seek his extradition. A team of the National Investigation Agency which was scheduled to visit Nepal and question Huda too has deferred its visit.

Kanpur : Wreckage of the Ajmer-Sealdah express train which derailed near Rura railway station in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh.

It was the Bihar police which had claimed to have cracked the case. The police said following the arrest of three persons that they had a hand to play in the Kanpur Express derailment incident of November in which 150 persons had died. There have been contradictory reports from Nepal about Huda's interrogation. He claimed that he had indeed masterminded the incident, but in some quarters investigators believe that he may be bragging.

Nepal says that it doubts Huda's role and hence wants more concrete information from India before talk of an extradition can even begin. The other confusion is with regard to the Kanpur derailment case. Huda allegedly confessed that he had directed planting pressure cooker bombs on the railway tracks in Ghorasahan and Nakardehi. He however denied having anything to do with the derailment.

An extradition from Nepal has never been a problem for India, but in this case it appears to be stuck in a loop. Sources say that the investigation in India is still going on and once more concrete links are established, Huda's extradition would be sought.

NIA officials say that they are probing the Kanpur incident. Once more information comes out, a team would visit Nepal to question Huda. The first priority would be to question him and then seek his extradition, the officer also added.

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