Investigators questioned nearly a dozen suspects as Pakistani relatives carried home the bodies of seven of the 68 people killed in this week’s bombing of a train heading for Pakistan, police said today.
Police have been searching for two men who were allowed to jump off the Samjhauta Express train shortly before a pair of bombs went off on Sunday night, sparking a fire that engulfed two coaches.
Sketches of the two were released on Tuesday.
Acting on clues, police teams have been questioning nearly a dozen people in Rajasthan and Punjab states bordering Pakistan and New Delhi and neighbouring Uttar Pradesh state, said Bharti Arora, superintendent of police.
“Investigations are in preliminary stage. There have been no arrests so far,” Arora told The Associated Press. Grieving relatives have identified 25 of the 68 badly burned bodies – 21 Pakistani and four Indians, she said.
This morning, relatives carried the bodies of seven Pakistani nationals, including six from one Karachi-based family, to Pakistan from the India-Pakistan land border post at Wagah.
The bodies were brought in a truck from a hospital morgue in the northern Indian town of Panipat where they have been kept since Sunday night’s attack on the train.