1996 Lajpat Nagar Blast: Accused allege frame up
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 06, 2009, 22:18
New Delhi: The accused in 1996 Lajpat Nagar blast case today alleged frame-up before a Delhi court saying there were "major discrepancies" in statements of various prosecution witnesses regarding their arrest.

"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," Khalil Ansari (rpt) Ansari, advocate for the accused, submitted before District and Sessions Judge S P Garg.

Delhi Police had 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 tomorrow.

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 prosecutor said the accused had also intimated media houses claiming responsibility for the act.

He had discussed recoveries of various goods, including arms and ammunitions, following disclosure statements by the accused in which they allegedly confessed their complicity.

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.

Earlier, the accused, recording their responses to the evidence produced against them, had claimed they have been framed at the instance of police officers who acted with an aim to enhance their career.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 06, 2009, 22:18

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