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2007 blast accused Khalid Mujahid dies on way to jail
Saturday May 18, 2013 9:48 PM, Agencies

Khalid Mujahid who was arrested on charges of serial blasts in 2007 died while he was returning from Faizabad to Lucknow jail after a hearing on Saturday.

Mujahid was being brought back to Lucknow jail after hearing in a Faizabad court this afternoon, Additional Director General of Police (law and order) Arun Kumar told PTI.

The accused fell sick and fainted near Barabanki border and was rushed to district hospital where doctors declared him dead this evening, he said.

He also informed that District Jail administration of Lucknow where Khalid Mujahid was kept had requested for a magisterial probe in the whole incident.

Khalid along with Tariq Qasmi was arrested by Special Task Force (STF) on 20 December 2007 from Barabanki. Huge explosives were also shown as recovered from his possession. STF claimed that he was involved in the serial blasts which occurred in Gorakhpur, Faizabad and Lucknow.

Later, Nimesh Commission was constituted headed by Justice R D Nimesh who in its report questioned STF's claim about the place of arrest.

The Akhilesh governmet had recently decided to withdraw the cases against Mujahid and Tariq Qasmi. The state government, in its petition before the court, had pleaded that it had decided to set the two accused free to "promote communal harmony and public interest".

The Barabanki district court dismissed on May 10 ts request to withdraw cases against the two.

The court, while rejecting the state's plea, said the government has failed to specify and define the two terms used as the reason for appealing to free the two accused.


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