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New Delhi: A court in Delhi has reconciled three Muslim youths who were arrested under the tag of terrorism and were jailed for past five years on account of scanty evidence against them. Whereas, the court strongly rebuked the Delhi Police for not providing evidence against the alleged youth to prove their claims.
It should be noted that this is the second time in the past one month that the Muslims were reconciled from the court after proving them innocent of any terrorist connections. This has once again put a question mark on the efficiency of the police and intelligence agencies and their thoughts regarding Muslims.
The session Judge of Tees Hazari Court, Savita Rao has acquitted three Muslim Youth of all the charges on the basis of absence of any evidence against them, who were arrested from the Delhi Haat in the year 2007 on the name of terrorism. Among them, two are Kashmiris and another one is a Pakistani. However, the court has detained the Pakistani national for entering India without any legal documents and the visa.
Advocate MS Khan, who had been following this case, has said that the Delhi Police had arrested two Kashimiri youth namely Shafaqat Iqbal and Shabbir Butt, and another Pakistani Muhammed Qaseem from the Delhi Haat in 2007 claiming that explosive materials and two hand grenades were recovered from them. It was alleged that they were plotting against creating havoc in a celebration which was to be organized on account of 150 years of First Revolt of Indian Independence. Police had also claimed that the alleged youth had connections with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and they were sent to Delhi by the LeT Commander named Akmal.
MS Khan also informed that, during interrogation in the court, the police utterly failed to prove that, the person named Akmal, who they claim as the Let Commander, is existing in real, or is there any person with the same name who was involved in any such case. Also, the police failed to prove that the celebration which was being talked about by them, where the victims were trying to create havoc, was about to take place in real, or was it just a fake talk. Apart from that, the court was also unable to prove whether these three youth were acquainted with each other before the episode of their arrest. Also the people who were provided by the police as the witnesses for the case were unable to confirm the story through their statements. One of the witness said that he had heard some noise, but by the time he reached the incident spot, the police had already caught three persons and had also covered their faces.
Mr. Khan has also said that the issue of covering the victimís face soon after the arrest had also come up in the court, which was indigestible. The police were also unable to give a satisfactory answer about the whereabouts of the hand grenades which were claimed to be recovered from the alleged youth.
The court have passed the orders of releasing all the three youth after acquitting them of all the charges, however, the Pakistani National Qaseem was charged with the crime of entering India without any legal documents or the visa. Since he has already undergone five years of imprisonment here in India, he will be deported to his country Pakistan. But the official orders have not been passed in this regard yet.
MS Khan also informed that both the Kashmiri youth who were allegedly arrested, had come to Delhi to search for employment at the time. And one among them, Shafaqat Iqbal was married for just six months when the arrest took place.