Samjhauta blast: NIA clean chit to Lt. Col. Purohit

New Delhi: Director General of National Investigation Agency (NIA) Sharad Kumar on Tuesday said that Lieutenant Colonel Purohit was not involved in the Samjhauta express blast case, adding that no evidence was found against him.

“No change has been made in the chargesheet in Samjhauta express blast case, inquiry is going on smoothly,” Sharad Kumar told ANI.

“No evidence has been found against Lieutenant Colonel Purohit, he’s not involved in case,” he added.

One of the main accused in the Samjhauta and Malegaon blasts cases, Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Purohit, has been in jail for over seven years without bail.

He had on April 4 written to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar requesting restoration of his honour.

In his letter, he claimed he was falsely implicated and has been behind the bars for more than seven years now.

The case pertains to a criminal conspiracy, which resulted in bomb blasts in the Samjhauta Express train near Panipat in Haryana on February 18, 2007.

The blast and the consequent fire in the train resulted in the loss of 68 lives and injuries to 12 train passengers including women and children travelling in the train. (ANI)