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Jan 13, 2011 at 11:34am IST

Samjhauta blast accused in judicial remand

Panchkula: Samjhauta Express train blast accused Swami Aseemanand has been sent to judicial custody till January 27 by a special Panchkula court. The court sent Assemanand to judicial custody after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) sought an extension of his custody.

His statement under Section 164 of CrPC is being recorded in the Samjhauta blast case at the court.

NIA special judge Ritu Garg had earlier extended his police remand by 10 days, which ended on Thursday.

Aseemanand was arrested on November 19, 2010 for his alleged involvement in the Ajmer, Hyderabad and Samjhauta Express blasts. The NIA claims that Assemanand has confessed to plotting the Malegaon and Samjhauta Express blasts.

NIA sources say that he is the prime accused and mastermind of the Samjahuta blast in February 18, 2007 in which 68 passengers were killed.

The Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad also wants to question Aseemanand for his role in the Malegaon mosque blasts of 2006 and 2008.

Aseemanand, whose real name is Jatin Chatterjee, is a resident of Hooghly in West Bengal and is a post-graduate in Botany.

He came to the tribal-dominated Dangs in south Gujarat in late 1990s and is also believed to be close to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur who is also a suspect in the Malegaon blast case.

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