Human Rights

Malegaon blast accused apply for bail

Malegaon: The eight accused in jail facing allegations of masterminding the September 2006 Malegaon blast have filed on 1 October a fresh application seeking bail in the Special MCOCA Court in Mumbai. Their earlier bail-application was rejected by the same court in March. The Magistrate has slated the next hearing on October 31, 2011, according to

The accused had earlier applied for the bail last January after a confessional statement made by alleged Hindutva terrorist Swami Aseemnand owning up the responsibility of the September 2006 blast. The court, however, rejected the application on March 15, 2011 after the CBI opposed saying the investigations into the whole matter were going on.

The fresh bail application by the Muslim accused followed the indications given by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) few weeks ago saying it would not oppose the bail if it was filed in the court.

A series of blasts had struck Malegaon on 8 September 2006 ahead of Shab-e-Barat, a Muslim festival when thousands of people were busy offering Friday prayers at the Hamidia Masjid. Another blast occurred at nearby Mushawerat chowk few minutes later. A total of 32 people had been killed and more than 300 were injured in the blasts, most of them being children.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 October 2011 on page no. 11

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