Hindu Sena threatens to block Samjhota Express
NEW DELHI: An ultra-right Hindu group threatened on Friday to disrupt the Samjhota Express between India and Pakistan scheduled to restart on January 15 amid a normalisation of relations between the South Asian foes.
The Samjhota Express between Lahore and the Indian border town Attari was ordered shut in December 2001 amid war tensions following an attack on the Indian parliament which New Delhi blamed on Islamabad. “We oppose the resumption of the Samjhota Express in the same way we tried to disrupt the India-Pakistan bus service and we will announce our programme to block the train when it is time,” Robin Sharma, the general secretary of the Hindu Sena (Hindu Army), said. The firebrand leader said the Indian government had to change the route of the bus from New Delhi to Lahore which resumed in June. —AFP