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Charges framed against Imam of Haj house masjid

Charges framed against Imam of Haj house masjid

Author: Menaka Rao
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: February 10, 2008
URL: http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Charges-framed-against-Imam-of-Haj-house-masjid/271274/

Introduction: Maulana Ghulam Yahya allegedly harboured 3 Kashmiri militants in 2006

A Sewri fast-track court on Thursday framed charges against the Maulana Ghulam Yahya, the Imam of Haj house masjid on the charge of harbouring three alleged Kashmiri militants in 2006. The Imam, however, denied all charges.

This case preceded the serial train blasts that took place on July 11, 2006, when alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists planted bombs in the first-class compartments of seven trains of the Western Railway.

Yahya (46) was arrested on January 13 on the charge of harbouring three militants from Jammu and Kashmir having alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba links.

In their chargesheet, the Anti-Terrorist Squad had alleged that the imam was a link between Salauddin, the Lashkar commander in Kashmir, and the three alleged militants - Mohammed Ramzan Abdul Wahab Haji, Kurshid Ahmed Abdul Gani Lone and Arshad Hussain Badru Hussain. The ATS seized detonators, timers and electronic devices from the three Kashmiris, says the chargesheet.

While the three Kashmiris have been sent to Kashmir where they faced preventive detention charges, Yahya has been in custody in Arthur Road jail.

On Thursday, Yahya was produced in court for framing of charges in the case. When Ad-hoc additional sessions judge, S D Agarwal read out the charges against him in Hindi and said, "The charges against you are that you are from a terrorist organisation and you sheltered terrorists," Yahya said, pleading not guilty, "No sir. Mere iman pe mujhe gurur hai."

Charges under relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and conspiracy were framed against Yahya.

The judge has kept the next date of hearing on February 27 when the court will decide which articles and documents will be admitted.

"We are trying to get the three Kashmiris in Mumbai but the weather did not permit us to get them this date. My officer is in Kashmir where its snowing heavily and not very easy to navigate. We will try get them next date," said Special Public Prosecutor, Raja Thakre.

- menaka.rao@expressindia.com

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