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Mumbai cops goof up, 7/11 accused acquitted

Mumbai cops goof up, 7/11 accused acquitted

Author: Mateen Hafeez
Publication: The Times of India
Date: May 12, 2009
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Mumbai-cops-goof-up-711-accused-acquitted/articleshow/4511603.cms

In a major setback to the Mumbai crime branch, the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCCOA) court on Monday discharged Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Sadiq Shaikh in the July 11, 2006, serial train blasts case.

TOI had first reported ATS's plan to file an application in the court for Sadiq's discharge after forensic tests said he was not lying about his non-involvement in the blasts.

Sadiq (31), an electrician from Trombay, was arrested by the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) on February 20. He was booked in the 7/11 train bombing, which killed 188 people. The ATS filed an application in the court and said it had not found evidence to believe that IM was responsible for the train blasts. The move will, however, leave the city crime branch, which has been claiming otherwise, red-faced.

Judge Y D Shinde discharged Sadiq and informed him about the status of the case. "We thoroughly questioned Sadiq in connection with the train blasts and even subjected him to polygraph and brain mapping tests. Nowhere was it established that he had any links with the train blasts, so we filed an application in the court asking it to discharge him from this case,'' said ATS additional commissioner of police, Param Bir Singh.

Sadiq was first arrested by the crime branch in September 2008 along with 20 other suspected operatives of IM for sending terror emails before and after the Ahmedabad and New Delhi blasts. The crime branch claimed that during interrogation Sadiq revealed his involvement in the train blasts. This came as a shock to the ATS since it had arrested 13 suspected Students Islamic Movement of India members in the case and filed a 11,000-page chargesheet against them in 2006.

The crime branch had claimed that the bombs for the blasts were manufactured in a Sewree flat and the RDX was procured by an IM operative, Riyaz Bhatkal. However, the ATS is sticking to its old theory that the bombs were assembled at a 100 sq ft flat in Govandi and not at Sewree. Moreover, the ATS said that the RDX was procured by a Pakistani, Ehsanullah, who had illegally entered India along with 10 other Pakistani accomplices.

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