A shocked and devastated Malegaon after the Special MCOCA Court
rejected the bail application of the 2006 Malegaon blast accused
March 15, has decided to intensify protest and efforts to seek
justice. It has also appealed to NGOs and activists across the
country to support their campaign.
"After today's court verdict, we
have been forced to intensify the protests against the government
for the injustice it is doing to the innocent Muslim youths who
are in jail since 2006", Kul Jamaati Tanzeem leader Maulana Ab
Hameed Azhari said while speaking to ummid.com.
Expressing shock over the verdict,
he said, "The verdict is disappointing and unexpected. Swami
Aseemanand's confession had vindicated our stand that these youths
were wrongly framed in the case. We expected that the court would
release them on bail", he said.
He, however, did not criticizse the
court but blamed the state government and the investigating
agencies for the verdict.
"The investigation agencies and the
government have done blunders in the past and they are doing the
same now. It is only to hide their misdeeds and wrongdoings done
since 2006 that they are not willing to release these youths", he
"At the behest of the state government,
the investigating agencies did not
bring the facts in front of the court. This is why the magistrate
delivered such a verdict. Otherwise the case was clearly open in
our favor", he added.
Kul Jamaati Tanzeem is comprised of
the leaders from all sects and Muslim groups in Malegaon and it
enjoys support from a vast majority of people in the town.
Established immediately after the 2006 Malegaon blast, the
organisation is fighting for the release of the Muslim youths ever
After today's verdict, the organisintion is contemplating
on various options to intensify the protest and effort to seek
justice. Since most of the members of the
organisation are in Mumbai today, it is calling a meeting tomorrow
to discuss future course of action.
Meanwhile, it has also appealed to
the NGOs, activists, and peace-loving, justice loving and secular
minded people from across the country to join and support their
cause. They have in fact already received calls from few NGOs, who
have extended support.
"We have received calls from All
India Secular Forum (Mumbai), Qaumi Majlise Shura (Mumbai), Muslim
Numainda Coucil (Aurangabad) and other NGOs and groups who
are willing to join us", Shakeel Faizee, one of the members of
the Kula Jamaati Tanzeem informed ummid.com.
The nine Muslim accused arrested in
the 2006 Malegaon blast case had moved to
the Special MCOCA 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.
Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime
Act (MCOCA) court, however, rejected their bail application today.
The accused have already decided to move to to High Court for an