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All nine Muslim accused in Malegaon bomb blast case discharged

April 26, 2016 08:41 AM
Discharged accused in Malegaon Blast case

Ten years ago on September 8, 2006, three bomb blasts in Malegaon killed 37 people and left 312 injured

Mumbai: Ten years after the Malegaon Muslim community was placed on the terror map — first as victims and then as perpetrators of the 2006 blasts, a Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Monday formally discharged all nine accused arrested by the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) from the case due to lack of evidence. As Judge V.V. Patil pronounced the order, four of the nine accused present in the court broke down.

Later, the CBI, which took over the probe, confirmed the charges. Subsequently, in 2011, the NIA was asked to investigate and the agency arrested a group belonging to the majority community that continues to be accused in the case.

On September 8, 2006, three bomb blasts in Malegaon killed 37 people and left 312 injured after the Friday prayers on a Shab-e-Baraat day at Hamidiya Masjid, Bada Kabrastan, and at Mushawarat Chowk.

The Maharashtra ATS went on to arrest Noorul Huda Samsudoha, Shabbir Ahmed Masiullah, Raees Ahmed Rajab Ali Mansuri, Salman Farsi Abdul Latif Aimi, Farogh Iqbal Ahmed Magdumi, Mohammad Ali Alam Sheikh, Asif Khan Bashir Khan alias Junaid, Mohammad Zahid Abdul Majid Ansari and Abrar Ahmed Gulam Ahmed from various locations in Malegaon and Mumbai. The ATS alleged that they were members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and had executed the blasts to foment communal unrest.

Later, the CBI, which took over the probe, confirmed the charges. Subsequently, in 2011, the NIA was asked to investigate and the agency arrested a group belonging to the majority community that continues to be accused in the case.

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