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Thousands join rally against 'grave injustice' to Malegaon blast accused

Wednesday February 02, 2011 03:54:04 PM, Staff Reporter

President of Samajwadi Party's Maharashtra unit and State Legislative Member Abu Asim Azmi addressing the rally held in Malegaon on February 01, 2011.

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Malegaon: Thousands of people in the textile town February 01 came out strongly against, what the organizers term as, the 'inept' attitude of the Maharashtra government, which fails to take a firm stand on the fate of the Muslim youths arrested in 2006 Malegaon blast even after the confession of the right wing Hindu terrorist groups.


In a no-holds-barred attack on the Cong-NCP alliance government in Maharashtra, the speakers coming after one another questioned the government's sincerity and its claim to uphold justice in the state.


"We demanded a fair probe in the case ever since the 2006 Malegaon blast and after the arrests of the Muslim youths in the case. You did not do it. And, now after the confessions of Swami Aseemanand, everything has come out in black and white. Yet you are keeping the innocents behind bar", President of Samajwadi Party's Maharashtra unit and State Legislative Member Abu Asim Azmi said while addressing the rally.


"You are doing grave injustice to these youths who are lingering in jail since last four years. For vote-bank politics, you do not even realise what harm you are doing to these innocents and their poor families", he said.


"We demand immediate bail for these youths. Our demand is not a favour, it is our right as you  have taken oath of upholding justice, equality and integrity", he said.


Taking forward the assertions his party president made during the rally, SP MLA from Bhiwandi Rasheed Tahir Momin questioned the integrity of the state government.


"The state government is not at all serious on the issue. The response of the state government after Swami Aseemanand's confession is an indication that it is controlled by RSS and Sangh Parivar", Momin said while addressing the rally.


"I have been in Congress earlier and I know it for sure that these people have infiltrated everywhere including the Congress and NCP", he added.


Thousands of people coming from different parts of Malegaon sat throughout the rally, which was called by Samajwadi Party and supported by a dozen other political parties and organisations.


It was called to demand justice for the Muslim youths arrested in the 2006 Malegaon blast case in the wake of the confession made by Swami Aseemanand, an accused associated with the Hindu terror groups.


Others who addressed the rally include former minister and senior leader Nihal Ahmed, Kul Jamaati Tanzeem leader Maulana Hameed Azhari, President of Jamaat-e-Islami Firoz Azmi and President of the ruling Teesra Mhaz Maulana Ayyub Qasmi.


The rally decided to intensify their protest after February 07 and vowed to fight till the Muslim youths are released.


A series of blasts struck Malegaon on September 08 in 2006 ahead of Shab-e-Barat, a Muslim festival when thousands of people were busy offering Friday prayers at the Hamidia Masjid. Another blast occurred at nearby Mushawerat chowk few minutes later. 32 people had been killed and more than 300 were injured in the blasts, most of them being children.


Investigating agencies blamed the Muslim youths for the terror attack and arrested nine youths from Malegaon and neighboring places. The case, however, took a surprising turn when Aseemanand confessed in front of the magistrate about his role in the blast.


Following the confession, the accused moved to the court for bail. But, on January 28, during the hearing on their bail application, Central Bureaue of Investigation (CBI) reportedly opposed the bail. The court asked for the certified copy of Aseemanand's statement by February 07.









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