Accused question 1996 Lajpat Nagar blast investigation

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 20:03

New Delhi: The accused in 1996 Lajpat
Nagar blast case on Wednesday questioned link between the explosives
recovered from their residences at Jammu and Kashmir and the
blast arguing it did not prove that those were used in the

"The alleged recoveries of arms, ammunition and
explosives from different places in Jammu and Kashmir do not
establish the link that same kind of explosives were used in
the blast here," Khalil Ansari, advocate for the accused,
submitted before District and Sessions Judge S P Garg.
No co-relation could be proved between the recovered
goods and the substances used in the offence, he said, adding
the accused have been framed in the case.

The public prosecutor countered the allegations saying
the recovery of goods gave ample evidence about the antecedent
of the accused and linked them with the offence.

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 defence counsel had claimed "major discrepancies"
in statements of prosecution witnesses regarding the arrest of
the accused.

"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," he had said.

Delhi Police had got 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 on October 15.

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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 20:03

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