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Kin of Samjhauta Express train blast accused seeks justice, claim illegal detention

Chandigarh , Tue, 14 Feb 2012 ANI

Chandigarh/Noida, Feb 14 (ANI): The family of Samjhauta Express blast accused Kamal Chouhan, who was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Indore, today filed a petition asking for a legal interview with the accused.


Chouhan's father, Radhe Shyam along with two advocates filed a petition in a Chandigarh court on Tuesday.


Speaking to mediapersons, Anil Soni, an advocate for Chouhan, said that the NIA had been playing hide and seek with the accused family and legal time only to detain Chouhan illegally.


"NIA has been playing hide and seek in this whole matter and they want that the accused does not get the basic legal assistance, which is his constitutional right. Hence, on behalf of Mr. Radhe Shyam we are filing a petition in court asking for a permission of a legal interview with the accused so that this hide and seek game of NIA ends," said Soni.


The advocates revealed that the legal team had been waiting at a lower court in New Delhi, but Chouhan was never brought there for hearing.


Chouhan's distraught father, Radhe Shyam appealed to meet his son and added that he had been called at the local police station for questioning, but he is not a militant.


"No, he was a farmer and used to serve cows. Anyone can go and check in the farm, he used to serve cows there. And if he was involved in this case or is guilty, why would he go to the police station after being called," said Shyam.


Chouhan was scheduled to be presented in a lower court of Noida later in the day.


A massive blast in the Samjhauta Express, a bi-weekly train between Delhi and Lahore killed 68 people, of which mostly were Pakistani citizens, in February 2007. (ANI)


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