Samjautha, Malegaon blast cases under review, not going soft on anyone says NIA
New Delhi, April 16: The National Investigating Agency has decided to review all cases of terrorism that occurred between 2006 and 2008 in which some Hindus were involved.
"We are just reviewing the cases as there have been too many twists and turns, but at no point are we even suggesting that we are going soft on the accused persons," an officer with the NIA informed OneIndia.
A team of the NIA was in the United States of America to seek information about a financer from Pakistan alleged to have funded the Samjautha Express blasts. "We are awaiting that information, the officer informed. Further cases of terror at Malegaon will also be reviewed." the officer said.
Not going soft:
The terror cases at Malegaon and also the Samjautha Express blasts have seen plenty of twists and turns since investigations began.
At first in the Malegaon case several persons accused of being part of the Students Islamic Movement of India were accused and even arrested. However, a few years later this case took a turn and a new set of accused comprising pro right wing activists were brought in.
The case was similar in the investigations into the Samjautha Express blasts as well. At first it was the Lashkar-e-Tayiba which was blamed. Later on charges were framed against Swami Aseemanand and others. The case was then handed over to the NIA for investigation.
The officer says that there are two sets of accused in both these cases. There have been too many twists and turns and we want to clarify the exact position and who is involved. One case cannot have two set of accused and we go up before the court like this then the entire case will fall, the officer also added.
Further the NIA also wants to take a closer look at the sequence of events that led up to the investigating agencies filing charges against Muslim youth. We also want to see what exactly changed during the course of the probe that led to Hindus being made as accused in the case, the officer pointed out. We just want to be sure and if anyone feels that we are trying to go soft on the accused persons, then that is wrong the officer clarified.