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1996 Lajpat Nagar Blast: Accused allege frame up

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 22:18

New Delhi: The accused in 1996 Lajpat
Nagar blast case today alleged frame-up before a Delhi court
saying there were "major discrepancies" in statements of
various prosecution witnesses regarding their arrest.

"A senior police officer of Jammu and Kashmir
contradicted the stand taken by various officials of Delhi
Police and it was apparent from the records," Khalil Ansari
(rpt) Ansari, advocate for the accused, submitted before
District and Sessions Judge S P Garg.

Delhi Police had production warrants issued against
some of the accused before their arrest in May, 1996, at
Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir, he said.

The advancing of final arguments in the case remained
inconclusive and would continue tomorrow.

Earlier, the prosecutor said there was sufficient
evidence against 10 accused for convicting them for their
roles in the blast that had rocked a busy market here on the
evening of May 21, 1996, killing 13 people.

The prosecutor said the accused had also intimated
media houses claiming responsibility for the act.

He had discussed recoveries of various goods,
including arms and ammunitions, following disclosure
statements by the accused in which they allegedly confessed
their complicity.

Ten people, including a woman, all from Jammu and
Kashmir, are facing trial for allegedly carrying out the blast
on the evening of May 21, 1996.

Those facing trial on various charges, including
criminal conspiracy and murder, are Farooq Ahmed Khan, Mohd
Naushad, Mirza Iftikhar, Mohd Ali Bhatt, Mirza Nissar Hussain,
Latif Ahmed Waza, Syed Maqbool Shah, Javed Ahmed Khan and
Abdul Gani and their woman associate Farida Dar.

All the accused, except their woman accomplice, are in
judicial custody.

Earlier, the accused, recording their responses to the
evidence produced against them, had claimed they have been
framed at the instance of police officers who acted with an
aim to enhance their career.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 22:18

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