Human Rights

Accused in CRPF camp attack acquitted by High Court

New Delhi: Delhi High Court acquitted on Monday 14 Sept Maqsood Ahmad who was accused of his complicity in attack on CRPF camp at Jharoda Kalan, New Delhi in 2001 in which one CRPF man was killed and who was sentenced to death by a lower trial court in 2004. He was also wanted by police along with his accomplice, Mohammad Saeed in Ayodhya Fidayeen attack in 2005. The High Court acquitted him because the police had failed to produce any concrete proof of his involvement in the attack, except that he had refused to join the identification parade and that he was a Pakistani and had entered India without valid documents. The High Court bench consisting of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Indermeet Kaur said that both these reasons for arrest have no relationship with attack on CRPF camp and killing of the CRPF man, a constable.

The High Court bench came down heavily on the police and said that it failed to draw his sketch and that it also failed to take the assailant (Maqsood)'s footprints. The bench further observed that the lone witness was the constable L.H. Fernandes (who was subsequently killed) who could not see the assailant properly and hence his (assailant)'s sketch could not be drawn. In view of all this, the High Court bench acquitted him of the attack (on CRPF camp) and killing of the constable.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2009 on page no. 11

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