Police claim sufficient evidence in serial blasts cases
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 07, 2010, 19:35
New Delhi: Delhi police on Tuesday claimed to possess sufficient evidence in the form of CCTV footage and auto driver’s identification of an accused to initiate trial against suspected Indian Muhahideen terrorists for their alleged involvement in carrying out serial blasts here in 2008.

"The driver of the three-seater rickshaw, which was used by accused Mohd Shakeel in commuting before causing the blast at Karol Bagh, had duly identified him through his photograph. Besides, we have CCTV footage of metro station to support our charges," Public Prosecutor Rajeev Mohan told Additional Sessions Judge Santosh Snehi Mann.

The prosecutor was putting forth rebuttal against the arguments advanced by defence counsel with regard to framing of charges against the suspects.

He argued the veracity of CCTV footage of metro station from where Shakeel commuted to come back after causing the blast at Karol Bagh in an auto rickshaw could not be challenged because it has not been created by the investigators.

"It is not that CCTV footage has been created by us. It is a part of the exploration of the evidence," he submitted.

The prosecutor related the sequence of events as to how the auto-driver, who himself was injured in the blast, came to the office of Delhi police's Special Cell on October 21 after seeing Shakeel's picture in a magazine to claim that he was the person who left the bag containing bomb in his vehicle.

During his rebuttal arguments, Mohan also described the role of Kayamuddin Kapadia, who was arrested by the Madhya Pradesh police in 2008, in hatching the conspiracy to carry out the serial blasts here on September 13, 2008, by being constantly in touch with Atif Ameen, the alleged mastermind, already killed in an encounter.

"Kapadia provided mobile phones to Riyaz Bhatkal and Iqbal Bhatkal and was also in touch with Atif before the blasts. Even though the phones remained unrecovered, his handwritings have been proved on the forms filled to obtained such phones," he submitted. The advancing of arguments by the prosecutor remained inconclusive and are likely to resume on December 20.

Delhi Police as well as the defence counsel had wrapped up their arguments on the charges in the five cases registered in connection with the blasts.

The proceedings were conducted through video conferencing as 11 out of 14 accused are lodged in Sabarmati Jail in Ahmedabad in connection with serial blasts in that city.

All the accused are facing charges under IPC, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Explosive Substances Act.

The series of blasts had claimed 26 lives and left 135 others injured in the capital.


First Published: Tuesday, December 07, 2010, 19:35

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