Lajpat Nagar blast accused disputes date of arrest

New Delhi: In a bid to falsify the police version, another accused in 1996 Lajpat Nagar blast case Tuesday told a Delhi court that he was picked up from Nepal almost a week before being shown as arrested.

"Accused Mirza Nissar Hussain was actually picked up from a place in Nepal on June 9, 1996. However, the police wrongly claimed that they arrested him on June 16 from a hotel at Mussorrie," defence counsel Khalil A Ansari told District and Sessions Judge S P Garg.

The counsel disputed the date and the place of arrest of Hussain, saying "he has been framed and the recoveries of explosives and other incriminating objects have been planted on him."

Neither any witness from Mussorrie has been examined nor the records of the "so-called" hotel have been produced by the prosecution, he said.= Earlier, accused Naushad had disputed the date of his arrest.= Naushad was picked up on May 28, 1996, but the police claimed he was arrested from New Delhi Railway station on June 14, minutes before he was to board a Gorakhpur-bound train," the defence counsel had said.

Advancing of final arguments in the 13-year-old case remained inconclusive and would continue tomorrow.

The prosecutor, however, said there was sufficient evidence against the 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.

Bureau Report