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Five accused in Hyderabad blasts case acquitted
Mohammed Siddique in Hyderabad | July 23, 2008 15:13 IST
Last Updated: July 23, 2008 20:01 IST
The 7th metropolitan sessions judge of the Nampally court acquitted Mohammed Abdul Kaleem, Mohammed Abdul Raoof alias Imran, Shujauddin, Mohammed Faseehuddin, and Mohammed Sohail who were arrested in September last by the special investigations team. The judge in his orders observed that the police had failed to provide any evidence against the accused. The police had charged that these youth had procured SIM cards in fictitious names and used them for the terrorist activities.
While four were already out on bail, Abdul Kaleem was released after the court acquitted him.
Earlier the police had subjected Kaleem and Imran to narco tests in Bangalore and claimed to have procured vital information including a confession that he was involved in providing logistical support to the terrorists including SIM cards. A similar claim was made about Imran saying he had helped two other accused Shoaib Jagirdar and Sameer in shifting explosives.
The families of the youth had strongly denied the police allegations and insisted that their wards were innocent and had nothing to do with any terrorist activity. Of the 30 youth arrested by the police in the aftermath of the twin blasts at Lumbini Park and Gokul Chaat, none was directly charged with involvement in the blast but only with criminal conspiracy and helping the perpetrators. Most of the accused have come out on bail and five of them have now been acquitted.
Meanwhile the Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee has welcomed the court verdict acquitting the five youth in the terror linked charges.
The civil liberties organization has been campaigning against the harassment of the Muslim youth specially in old city of
"Adding the new names in the list is a conspiracy by the police to vitiate the atmosphere in
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