Release those arrested and incarcerated in connection with the 2006 serial bombings at Malegaon or we will resign, threatened legislators from Malegaon and Bhiwandi, who met chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and his deputy Ajit Pawar on Tuesday.
A 12-member delegation, led by Mufti Mohammed Ismail, MLA from Malegaon, and Rashid Tahir Momin, MLA from Bhiwandi, also demanded action against the police officers who had carried out the investigations in the case.
“We requested the chief minister to look into the matter and expedite the release of nine people who have been held for the blast. We have also requested that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) be directed to complete its reinvestigation at the earliest,” Ismail said.
The delegation also demanded a compensation for the wrongful arrest and imprisonment of the accused.
Ismail, an MLA belonging to Jan Swarajya Shakti, claimed that those arrested have been false implicated. “The confession by Swami Aseemanand shows that the investigators framed these people and so there should be strict action against them.”
“The chief minister has assured us that he will look into the matter and do the needful,” Ismail said. “We also pointed out to him that this is a clear case where Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act has been misused and we requested him to revoke the draconian law.”
The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had named 13 people, all Muslims, and had arrested nine for plotting and carrying out the blasts. ATS had said that blast was a handiwork of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India. It has, however, now come to light that it was carried out by right wing Hindu elements.