Govt not to share info with Pak on Samjhauta probe for now

Govt not to share info with Pak on Samjhauta probe for now

Ministry of Home Affairs has informed the Ministry of External Affairs to convey to Islamabad that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has not completed its probe into the 2007 explosions in the India-Pakistan train service which claimed 68 lives.
"It is too pre-mature to share any information with anyone at this stage. The investigation is still on. When it is completed, we will take an appropriate decision," a government official said reacting to Pakistan's insistence on sharing information about the probe.

Yesterday, India's acting Deputy High Commissioner G V Srinivas was summoned to the Pakistan Foreign Office in Islamabad and told that information on progress in the probe should be provided by New Delhi "at the earliest".

The development took place in the wake of right wing activist Swami Aseemanand's reported confession about the involvement of Sangh activists in the attack, in which most of the victims were Pakistanis.

Aseemanand, 59, recently confessed to the involvement of Sangh activists in several terrorist attacks, including the bombing of the Samjhauta Express.

The NIA today announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh each for information leading to the arrest of Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra in connection with the Samjhauta Express blasts case.

Besides the two, the NIA has also announced a cash reward of Rs 2 lakh for the arrest of Ashok, also wanted in connection with the same case.

Swami Aseemanand, who has been arrested in connection with the case, has in his confession statement before a magistrate named Dange and Ramchandra as being instrumental in carrying out a number of blasts in the country including in the train.

Pakistan has asked India several times in the past two years to apprise it of developments in the investigation.

The issue was also raised by Pakistani officials and leaders with Home Minister P Chidambaram and External Affairs Minister S M Krishna when they visited Islamabad last year.