Serial blast case accused consume poison
Milli Gazette Online
Coimbatore: Five accused in the 1998 serial blasts case in Coimbatore consumed poison to exert pressure for speeding up the trial on April 18. They told the special court judge that they had consumed a mixture of mosquito coil, low blood pressure tablets and ant-killing powder as they were upset because of delay in trial and as a result of it they have been languishing in jail for the last seven years, the police said.
While requesting the judge to speed up the trial or release them on bail, they collapsed, creating tense moments for a while. They were rushed to the hospital. The two of the accused Yakub and Sikander are still unconscious and other three Obaidur Rahiman, Shek Fakruddin and Abu Salik were stated to be out of danger.
The trial against 166 accused in the serial blasts, which claimed 58 lives, during the visit of BJP president LK Advani in the city on February 14 1998, has been going on for over the last five years.
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