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Muslim leaders want state to apologise

india Updated: Jan 02, 2009 20:03 IST
Ashok Das

Muslim leaders have demanded an apology from the Andhra Pradesh government and Hyderabad city police in the wake of a local court acquitting all the twentyone Muslim youth “falsely” arrested soonafter the Mecca Masjid blasts on May 18,2007.

The youngmen, most of them belonging to the Muslim dominated old city of Hyderabad, were booked for criminal conspiracy to wage war against the state.

Leading the demand for a public apology as well as action against erring police officers is MIM president and Lok Sabha Member Asaduddin Owaisi and Rajya Sabha member Syed Aziz Pasha. They charged that the court verdict had proved that the police had tried to frame them in fabricated cases and victimize them.

They wanted the State Home Minister K Jana Reddy should tender an apology to the Muslim Community.They also demanded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to each of the victims.

Seventh Additional Sessions judge A Radhakrishna, in his verdict on Wednesday, had acquitted the accused youth by dismissing the charges of criminal conspiracy, sedition and waging war against the State brought against them.The court said that the prosecution had failed to bring any evidence against them.

Asaduddin Owaisi further said it was high time the government closely scrutinised the style of functioning and investigations by the police.

"The more important question is that if these youth were innocent then how the police tried to implicate them in this case and who were the real culprits behind the Mecca Masjid blast and other two blasts in the city," Owaisi asked.

Giving a new spin to the Mecca Masjid blast case, which remains unsolved even after one year,he charged that the blast could be handiwork of Abhinav Bharat and elements like Sadhvi Pragyan and Col Purohit. The case could not be solved so far because the police has refused to investigate the role of such elements.

Syed Aziz Pasha, CPI MP said that fromthe beginning, the Left parties and other democratic forces have been saying that these youth were innocent and added that the court verdict will strengthen the faith of people in the judiciary.