2006 Malegaon blast case: Nine accused seek bail

Last Updated: Monday, January 17, 2011 - 17:52

Mumbai: Nine persons arrested in connection
with the 2006 Malegaon blasts on Monday moved a special
Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court,
seeking bail in the wake of Swami Aseemanand`s confession
pointing to a right-wing group`s involvement in the case.

"From the confession it is clear that those responsible
for the 2006 Malegaon blasts are persons far removed from the
current accused," they said in the bail plea.

Further the accused have said that they have been in jail
for past four years and `there is no direct evidence of their
involvement in the said offence and was only based on forcibly
taken confession statement`.

Aseemanand, who was arrested in November last year for
his alleged role in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blasts, in his
confession, recorded before the magistrate last month, had
said that a right-wing group was responsible for the 2006
blasts, which killed 37 people and injured more than 100.

The blasts took near Hamidia Mosque in the Bada Kabristan
at around 1:15 pm on Friday on September 8, 2006, after the
prayers of the Shab-e-Barat.

The police had arrested nine persons -- Salman Farsi,
Shabir Ahmed, Noorulhuda Doha, Rais Ahmed, Mohammed Ali, Asif
Khan, Javed Sheikh, Dr Faroogue Ansari and Abrar Ahmed--for
their alleged involvement in the blasts.

In December 2006, the case was handed over to the CBI.
The special court has directed the investigation agency
to file their reply by January 28.

PTI



First Published: Monday, January 17, 2011 - 17:52

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