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'Missing' couple detained in Malegaon blast case

According to the Jalil's petition, Abrar and Jannatunnisa went missing from their home on October 13, reports Urvi Jappi.

india Updated: Nov 02, 2006 03:05 IST
Urvi Jappi

In an interesting twist to the tale, a couple who were allegedly illegally detained by police for their alleged connection with the Malegaon blast, appeared before the Bombay High Court stating that they had voluntarily left home due to a family dispute.

Abrar Ahmed Gulam Ahmed and his wife Jannatunnisa appeared before the vacation judge Justice Roshan Dalvi on Wednesday and said that they had left the house and were residing outside Malegaon.

Abrar’s brother Jalil Ahmed had filed a habeas corpus (requiring a person to be brought before a judge or court) petition before the HC alleging his brother and sister-in-law were illegally detained by the police after the Malegaon blasts.

According to the petition filed by Jalil, who is a practicing advocate in Malegaon, Abrar and Jannatunnisa had gone missing from their home on October 13. Abrar being in the business of supplying invertors and its maintenance was known to various police officers. And hence the police tried to use him as their informer about the blasts, Jalil’s petition further claimed, which was dismissed by justice Dalvi after hearing the couple.

Denying all these, the couple told the court on Wednesday “they are apprehending danger to their lives and therefore they do not wish to stay with their parents at Malegaon.”

The couple was forced to leave the house due to family disputes and were left without any means of livelihood. After learning about the habeas corpus petition, they feared that Abrar’s parents would pressurise them to reside in the Malegaon house and hence sought police protection, according to their petition.

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First Published: Nov 02, 2006 03:05 IST