Gujarat ATS arrests 3 after they have already spent 8 years in jail

AHMEDABAD, 12 June-2014, TNN: After eight requests made before various authorities including Gujarat high court’s chief justice for their own arrest, three alleged terrorists were finally arrested by Gujarat’s anti-terrorist squad on Wednesday after they were summoned by local court from a Maharashtra jail where they had spent eight years.

Gujarat ATS arrests 3 after they have already spent 8 years in jail

Gujarat ATS arrests 3 after they have already spent 8 years in jail

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The metropolitan court No 11 issued warrants against Mustafa Sayyed, Bilal Ahmed and Afroz Khan last week in connection with a terror conspiracy that was allegedly hatched in 2006 to avenge the 2002 riots, and they were produced before the court accordingly. The ATS arrested them after their production was recorded by the court. They are likely to be produced before the court on Thursday and probe agency might seek their remand.

The case in which the three accused were wanted was lodged on September 19, 2006. However, before this offence was lodged, Ahmed was arrested on May 17, 2006 and Khan was nabbed on June 13, 2006 by Maharashtra police. Interestingly, they were shown absconders for eight years. In the meanwhile, they were lodged in Maharashtra jail under the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act, said their lawyer Dilshad Pathan.

When they came to know that a case was lodged against them in Ahmedabad, they approached the court and sought anticipatory bail application. It was rejected on the ground that they were booked under the Unlawful Activity (Prevention) Act.

Later, the metropolitan court No 11 issued warrant against the trio, but ATS sleuths did not execute it. But the ATS did not take their custody last year. When they were not arrested by Gujarat ATS, the trio wrote a letter to the chief justice of Gujarat high court seeking his intervention in the matter. They requested for immediate arrest on the ground that they have been lodged in jail for eight years and quick trial is a matter of right to the prisoners.

In this case, four people including a teacher from Tadkeshwar seminary Kari Mufid-ul-Islam and a local boy Ilyas Memon have been exonerated by local courts with observation that the probe agency could not produce a single piece of evidence against them. The police were criticized by the court for their claim that the CDs recovered from the arrested accused contained Jihadi literature. Actually, they contained religious literature with stories like ‘Jang-e-Uhud’ and ‘Jang-e-Badr’.

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