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Samjhauta: Aseemanand, 4 others chargesheeted

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Jun 20, 2011 at 02:07pm IST

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a chargesheet on Monday before the special court at Panchkula, Haryana against Swami Aseemanand, Sunil Joshi (now dead), Lokesh Sharma, Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra Kalasangra in the Samjhauta blast case. Assemanand's judicial custody ended on Monday.

Aseemanand had told the Panchkula court in May 2011 that he had no role in the 2007 Samjhauta Express train bombing that killed 68 people, mainly Pakistanis.

Aseemanand told the Panchkula district and sessions judge that he had not made any statement to the NIA about his alleged involvement in the bomb attack.

Aseemanand, a member of Abhinav Bharat, was arrested earlier for the 2007 Mecca Masjid bombing in Hyderabad that left 14 people dead.

The NIA questioned Aseemanand about his role in the Samjhauta Express - which plies between India and Pakistan - blast in Diwana village near the city of Panipat in Haryana.

Aseemanand was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation on November 19, 2010 from Haridwar in Uttarakhand for his alleged role in the Mecca Masjid blast.

(Additional information from agencies)

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