Samjhauta Accused Involved in Jammu Blast: NIA

NEW DELHI: Investigations into right-wing terror network in the country have led sleuths of NIA to suspect that some blasts in Jammu in 2004 were carried out by the group which was involved in Samjhauta train and Malegaon blasts.

After arresting three persons from Madhya Pradesh recently, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) teams were in for a surprise when it was claimed by one of the nabbed persons that their group was also involved in throwing a grenade outside a mosque in Jammu in 2004, official sources said today. The three persons were arrested in connection with the Samjhauta train and Malegaon blasts.

At least 20 people were injured when a grenade was thrown during Friday prayers at Peer Mitha, an Ahle Hadees mosque, on January nine, 2004. Two of the injured later succumbed to their injuries.

Police had then claimed that the attack was a handiwork of Tehreek-ul Mujahideen terror outfit but with the fresh leads emerging now, NIA plans to request the Jammu and Kashmir Police to hand over investigations of the case to see if there is any link with the on going probe into right-wing terror activities.

The fresh leads in the case emerged after the arrest of Rajesh Chaudhury, Dhan Singh and Tej Ram, against whom the NIA was on the look out since the arrest of Kamal Chauhan last year, the sources said.

The interrogation of the trio has put the NIA sleuths on the trail to unravel further conspiracies in various cases which were till now either unsolved or had been closed for want of evidence.

The cases also include two murders in Madhya Pradesh apart from that of Sunil Joshi, who is being alleged to be the main bomber in the 2007 Samjhauta train blast in which 68 people were killed. Agencies

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