Compensation to those let off in Mecca blasts

Last Updated: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 22:57

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government
on Friday gave compensation to 61 people who were acquitted or let
off in the 2007 Mecca Masjid bomb blast case here but most of
them demanded action against police officers for allegedly
torturing them.

The compensation of Rs 3 lakh each was given to 15
acquitted people, while Rs 20,000 each was given to 46 people
who were let off by police after interrogation, officials
said.

State Minorities Welfare Minister Mohammed Ahmadulla gave
the cheques to the victims at a function organised by his
department.

Fourteen people were killed in the blasts and subsequent
police firing in agitators.
Five persons will be considered for payment of
compensation after review and disposal of cases pending
against them, the officials said.

Thanking Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy for the
compensation, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader
Akbaruddin Owaisi sought withdrawal of some other cases in
which they have been named.

He demanded action against police officers who allegedly
falsely implicated the youth in the Mecca masjid case.
Those who received the compensation sought action against
police officers for "torturing" them.

"We were falsely implicated. We were tortured. More than
this money, we will be satisfied if action is taken against
those policemen," Junaid, who was among those given
compensation, told reporters.

PTI



First Published: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 22:57

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