Terrorism

Swami's Confession: chaos for many, relief for some

 

New Delhi/Mumbai: Swami Aseemanand’s confession has created chaos for both the security agencies i.e., the Maharashtra ATS as well as the CBI. In addition, Maharashtra state home minister too received very hostile comments from the families of the victims as well as from his own party colleagues. Of course, it will bring much needed relief and justice to those who suffered immensely because of security forces’ blunder and wrong-doing.

Among the 13 detained by Maharashtra ATS was Shaikh Muhammad Ali. He was charged for the Malegaon blast because he refused to turn approver in 7/11 Mumbai train blasts of 2006. Hence, he was included among the suspects of Malegaon blasts. The ironical fact is that he was already in police custody for the train blast, yet he was made an accomplice in Malegaon blast case. Ali had drawn this fact to the knowledge of all the officers but in vain. He was under illegal detention of Mumbai police since 31 July 2006, yet police accused him of being a conspirator in Malegaon blast of 8 September 2006. In official records he was shown as arrested on 29 September 2006. During his detention he was allowed to use his mobile. Tracing of call details could have established his whereabouts between 31 July and 29 September 2006. Yet the ATS refused to be reasonable. Similar is the case of Asif Khan who was also falsely implicated for refusing to be an approver. Now the ATS has to eat the humble pie in the wake of Swami’s confession. It has to admit that its investigations were on the wrong track or concocted.

Advocate Jaleel Ansari, whose brother Abrar Ahmad had turned approver under duress, said that a fresh bail application for all the nine accused would be filed. A delegation from Malegaon met RR Patil as well as the state chief minister, Prathvi Raj Chavan to ensure the release before the Republic Day. “Our boys were implicated for being SIMI members. We demand compensation and a fair investigation, besides action against the officers who framed the boys,” said an activist. The relatives of these victims have no faith in RR Patil whom they accuse of making “cynical remarks”. Patil’s statements were criticised by not only Congress politicians but also by NCP functionaries, a party to which he belongs.

“This whole thing (2006 and 2008 Malegaon blasts) would not have happened if the police had properly investigated the Nanded blast case in 2006. It shows the utter failure of the home department and police,” said Hussan Dalwai of Congress. “ATS was aware of the Malegaon, Prabhani and Jalna blasts which were carried out by these groups (hindutva) before the Malegaon blasts. Why didn’t it probe these incidents? “asked Dalwai.

NCP MLA Nawab Malik has written to the Prime Minister urging,” There is no need for an inquiry. Organisations such as Abhinav Bharat and Snatan Sanstha have been found involved in the Malegaon, Thane and Goa blasts. Why do you need an inquiry?” He has urged the PM to “rectify matters”. Aseemanand’s confession brings slur to the CBI too for following the ATS version and pursuing inquiry on the wrong track. Questions are being raised on the chargesheet it had filed and the promised supplementary chargesheet – whether the CBI did its homework properly? The relatives do not simply demand release of the boys but also action against people such as K.P. Raghuvanshi.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 February 2011 on page no. 9

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