Accused question 1996 Lajpat Nagar blast investigation
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 07, 2009, 20:03
New Delhi: The accused in 1996 Lajpat Nagar blast case on Wednesday questioned link between the explosives recovered from their residences at Jammu and Kashmir and the blast arguing it did not prove that those were used in the incident.

"The alleged recoveries of arms, ammunition and explosives from different places in Jammu and Kashmir do not establish the link that same kind of explosives were used in the blast here," Khalil Ansari, advocate for the accused, submitted before District and Sessions Judge S P Garg.

No co-relation could be proved between the recovered goods and the substances used in the offence, he said, adding the accused have been framed in the case.

The public prosecutor countered the allegations saying the recovery of goods gave ample evidence about the antecedent of the accused and linked them with the offence.

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 defence counsel had claimed "major discrepancies" in statements of prosecution witnesses regarding the arrest of the accused.

"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," he had said.

Delhi Police had got 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 on October 15.

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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, October 07, 2009, 20:03

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