Lucknow, 10 April-2014, Abu Zafar (India Tomorrow): A local court in Lucknow on Thursday acquitted three Muslims youths in a decade-old bomb blast case after finding no evidence against them.
“Special Judge of SC/ST Act, Badrud Duja Naqvi, who was hearing the case in Lucknow Central Jail, acquitted Dr. Sayyed Abdul Mubeen, Kaleem Akhtar and Gulzar Ahmed Vani for the absence of evidence against them,” Mohammad Shoaib, counsel of one of the accused told India Tomorrow.
A bomb blast took place at Sahkarita Bhawan Lucknow on August 15, 2000. The blast fortunately had no causalities or injuries.
Police had charged them under section 121, 121A, 122, 123 and 124A of the Indian Penal Code for constructing and planting of a bomb, and conspiring against the nation.
The accused who were on bail have already spent several years behind bars in this case.
Police had also accused them of being associated with the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and Pakistan based Hizbul Mujahideen. SIMI had not been declared a banned organization at the time the incident took place and their subsequent arrest. One year later, the BJP led government used these incidents and arrests to legitimize a ban against SIMI in September 2001.
Mubeen, a resident of Siddharthnagar in eastern Uttar Pradesh, was arrested from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) for a similar case in Agra. AMU witnessed massive protest for more than 15 days due to his arrest. At that time Mubeen was pursuing an MBBS degree at AMU.
Akhtar hails from Lucknow and Vani hails from Baramula in Kashmir.