Swami Aseemanand spoke to Republic TV on an array of topics in his first interview after acquittal in the Samjhauta train blast case. A special court on March 20 acquitted Swami Aseemanand and three others in the Samjhauta train blast case that left 68 people, mostly Pakistanis, dead in 2007.
Narrating his ordeal on the torture he and his family faced during the investigation of the Sanjhauta case, Swami Aseemanand added that his mother was upset due to his arrest and the torture he faced.
"No matter how much they tortured me, I was unable to lie. This is the reason they found a new way to torture me, they got my brother involved, and they also threatened to torture me in front of my mother and they will also torture my mother. I had left my house years ago, I only visit my mother sometimes. My mother was already upset due to my arrest and on top of that they wanted to torture her as well. My mother is old and they threatened to torture me in front of her," he said.
On being questioned who tortured him, Swami Aseemanand named the police and CBI who arrested him in the case. He further added that he accepted the crime because the police brought his mother from the village in West Bengal, alleging that the police made him lie in front of the court.
"Police, CBI, those who arrested me. So when they realised that I will not lie, they got my mother involved. They made arrangements, got my brother involved as well. However, when they got my mother involved, I broke down. What was I supposed to do? They would have brought my mother here from a village in Bengal. So I just accepted. Then, they made me lie. They made me lie in the court as well. But in the court, it was just me and the judge. Yes, and I accepted because I couldn't see my mother in pain," Aseemanand added.
Alleging that there's a conspiracy behind his arrest, Swami Assemanand claimed that Congress made the police torture him.
"Yes, they stooped very low. I know that the police did not do it, Congress made them do it. Because nobody can stoop this low except Congress and this is an example of it," he said.
He broke down while speaking about the "torture" he faced in the jail, stating that he had faith in the court and knew that the truth will be out.
"I was in jail, enduring so much torture. When I came out she said that she can finally die in peace. My mother was in so much pain, and I didn't want her pain to increase that is why I accepted. However, I had faith in the court. I knew that the truth will be known and today it is known," Swami Aseemanand added.
All the four accused, Naba Kumar Sarkar alias Swami Aseemanand, Lokesh Sharma, Kamal Chauhan and Rajinder Chaudhary were acquitted by the NIA court in the case. The blast in Samjhauta Express took place near Panipat in Haryana on February 18, 2007, when the train was on its way to Attari in Amritsar, the last railway station on the Indian side.