Blast arrest: Ulema says arrested is innocent, flays Cong
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 02, 2010, 20:13
Azamgarh (UP): A top Muslim body on Tuesday claimed that Shahzad arrested over his alleged involvement in the 2008 bomb blasts in New Delhi, was falsely implicated in the terror case and alleged that there was a political conspiracy behind the development.

"Shahzad, who is arrested over the serial blasts in Delhi and Batla house encounter, is an innocent youth and is being falsely implicated," Ulema Council's national general secretary Maulana Tahir Madni told reporters here.

He said there were doubts about the Batla house encounter with which Shahzad was allegedly being associated with. There were also demands for a judicial enquiry into it.

Shahzad alias Pappu was arrested by UP Anti Terror Squad yesterday.

Madni alleged that it was a conspiracy on the part of the Congress party. "As assembly elections are nearing, (AICC general secretary) Digvijay Singh and (PCC president) Reeta Joshi have now started talking of Azamgarh. It is nothing more than pseudo politics."

"If he was such a big terrorist, why was he living at his house," he wondered.

Threatening that the body would oppose Singh's visit here tomorrow, he said "If he wants to come to Azamgarh, first they (government) should get a judicial enquiry ordered into this matter".

Shahzad's mother Parveen too alleged that he was falsely implicated. "He had applied for pilot training course. If he would have been wrong, why should have he stayed at home?"

Meanwhile, in Lucknow ADG (law and order) Brij Lal said though Shahzad took Rs one lakh from his father for admission in flying course, he never got training.

"He spent the money on himself," he said.


First Published: Tuesday, February 02, 2010, 20:13

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