Six acquitted in Gujarat terror conspiracy case

Last Updated: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 22:59

Ahmedabad: A local court today acquitted six
persons accused of hatching terror conspiracy to avenge the
2002 communal riots.

Firoz Ghaswala, Maohammad Ali Chippa, Vakil Ahmad, Umar
Farookh, Anisul Bari and Muhibul Bari were arrested by the
state Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) in May 2006 on charges of
having links with LeT and Huji.

The ATS was then headed by D G Vanzara, who is presently
behind bars in connection with the fake encounter of
Sohrabuddin Sheikh and killing of his wife Kausarbi in 2005.

Principal District Judge G N Patel while acquitting the
six persons observed that the investigating agency was not
able to prove their case that the accused had taken terror
related training in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The agency also could not prove any link between the
accused and the banned organisations LeT and Huji, as it had
contended, he said.

Illyas Pathan, one of the lawyers representing the
accused, said his clients were falsely implicated in the case
by the ATS.

They were charged of hatching conspiracy to destroy
Kandla port, Somnath temple and Sabarmati over-bridge in
Ahmedabad city, he said.

The ATS had also accused them of sending Muslim youths
from Gujarat to Pakistan and Bangladesh for getting trained in
carrying out terror activities. For this purpose they got
support from one Azam Chima, the ATS had said.

This was done to avenge the 2002 riots in which many
persons of the minority community had died, Pathan said.

The ATS has also used phone call records showing that the
accused were in touch with one other, to establish that they
were involved in a conspiracy, he said, adding that the court
rejected these arguments.

They were booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention
Act (UAPA).

Of the six, Firoz, Mohammad Ali, Anisul and Muhibul are
also accused in another case registered in Delhi.

While Vakil Ahmed and Umar Farookh hail from Ahmedabad,
Firoz and Mohammad Ali are from Mumbai. Anisul and Muhibul are
from Bangladesh.


First Published: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 22:59

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