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Relatives, activists shaken by rejection of bail plea; to move for an appeal

Tuesday March 15, 2011 12:31:43 PM, Staff Reporter

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Malegaon: As the Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court in Mumbai Tuesday dismissed the bail application of the Muslim youths arrested in the 2006 Malegaon blast case, relatives and activists expressed shock at the verdict and said their faith has been shaken. Nevertheless, they said they would not give up hope and would approach the High Court.


"We are fighting for justice since last more than four years. Today we were quite hopeful that justice to these innocent youths would be done and they woul be released on bail. The ruling is disappointing", Jamil Ahmed, elder brother of one of the accused said to on phone from Mumbai.


"But we have not yet given hope. These youths are innocent and wrongly framed in the case. Discussions on the verdict are on and we will definitely move to the High Court for an appeal", he added.


Advocate Nehal Ansari, one of the defence counsels who appeared on behalf of the Muslim accused, also expressed surprise over the court ruling and said, "In fact after Swami Aseemanand's confession all charges against these youths should have been dropped. But since CBI has already been granted permission for re-investigation, we applied for bail."


"We will be moving to the High court against the ruling once we get the certified copy", he added.


Community leaders and activists associated with Kul Jamaati Tanzeem also expressed shock over the verdict but blamed the government's lackluster attitude for the same.


"Today's MCOCA Court order is disappointing. But, it is because of the investigating agencies, which at the behest of the state government, did not bring the facts in front of the court. They are against the release of these innocent youths since beginning. They have misled the court", leader of the Kul Jamaati Tanzeem Maulana Ab Hameed Azhari said while speaking to 


The nine Muslim accused had moved to the special court January 17 seeking bail on the basis of the confessional statement of Swami Aseemanand, who is allegedly associated with Hindu terrorist groups and has confessed about his role in the 2006 Malegaon and other blasts. The Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court, however, rejected their bail application today.


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.


The Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) investigation of the 2006 Malegaon blast is receiving flak ever since it arrested the Muslim youths in the attack on a mosque in which the victims were all Muslims. Doubts were raised over the investigation also by the families of the victims.


After much of an outcry the state government had decided to hand over the investigation to the CBI. But it was done only after the ATS filed its chargesheet accusing the Muslim youths of masterminding the terror attack.


The case took an interesting turn when Swami Aseemanand, one of the accused arrested in Mecca Masjid and other blast cases, admitted in his confession made before a magistrate that the Muslim youths arrested in 2006 blast case were not guilty.









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