Panchkula: A Panchkula Special court has extended the police remand of Swami Assemanand by 10 days in connection with the Samjhauta blasts case.
Aseemanand is presently being interrogated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). According to sources, the NIA has found fresh clues into the blasts after his arrest and is close to cracking the case.
Sources also say that Aseemanand is emerging as the prime accused and master mind of the bombings which killed 68 passengers on board the Samjhauta Express in February 18, 2007. Swami Aseemanand was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in November from Haridwar in connection with the Mecca Masjid, Malegoan and Amjer blasts.
Swami Aseemanand's real name is Jatin Chatterjee. He is a resident of Hooghly in West Bengal and is a post-graduate in Botany. He came to the tribal-dominated Dangs in south Gujarat in late 1990s. He is believed to be close to Sadhvi Pragya who is also a suspect in the Malegaon blast case.