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21 Mar 2019 | 03:48 AM UTC

India/Pakistan: Indian court acquits four in train bombing case March 20

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Indian court acquits four people on March 20 accused of 2007 train bombing that killed 68 people, primarily Pakistanis; protests possible in Pakistan

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/21/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/27/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India, Pakistan

Event

On Wednesday, March 20, an Indian court acquitted four people charged with the 2007 Samjhauta Express train bombing that resulted in 68 deaths, primarily Pakistanis. The court stated that there was a lack of conclusive evidence. Pakistan summoned India's High Commissioner to formally protest the verdict and called the decision a "travesty of justice." Protests are possible in Pakistan in the coming days over the ruling.

Context

The Samjhauta Express bombing occurred the night of February 18, 2007, on a passenger train traveling from Delhi to Lahore. Bombs detonated in two train cars near the Indian city of Panipat, resulting in the deaths of 68 people, mostly Pakistani civilians.

The verdict comes shortly after a sharp increase in tensions between Pakistan and India following a bombing in Kashmir by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) on February 14, 2019. The Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted an airstrike in Pakistani territory and the two countries exchanged cross-border airstrikes and artillery fire. The situation has calmed since March 1, but tensions remain high.

Advice

Individuals in Pakistan and India are advised to monitor the situation, avoid any public demonstrations, and refrain from discussing sensitive political matters in public or on social media.

 

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