Hyderabad blasts case accused acquitted after 22 years, to remain in jail on other charges

By TwoCircles.net Staff reporter,

Hyderabad: Twenty two years after a series of bomb blasts in Hyderabad, the alleged mastermind, Dr Jalees Ansari, 58, has been acquitted by the city’s metropolitan court.

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On Monday, the Seventh Metropolitan Sessions Judge acquitted Ansari sighting lack of evidences to prove prosecution charges. However, he will not be a free man as he continues to serve life sentence in another blasts case in Rajasthan in 1993.

A resident of Gulbarga, Karnataka, Ansari was arrested in January 1994 from Mumbai. He was a practicing BUMS doctor at the time of arrest.

Hyderabad police had claimed to have the confessional statement of his involvement after his arrest. In fact, the same was used by prosecution to prove charges in other cases, including the Ajmer case in which he is sentenced to life imprisonment. However, the Hyderabad court did not find any evidence and acquitted him of all the charges.

Ansari was alleged by the CBI to be instrumental in a series of bomb blasts in Hyderabad at Abids, Humayunnagar police station, Gopalapuram railway reservation centre, Madina education centre and in AP Express on December 6 and 7, 1993, to mark the first anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition.

At the same time, a series of blasts had taken place in trains at Indergarh (Rajasthan), Surat (Gujarat), Lucknow (UP) and Gulbarga (Karnataka) resulting into the death of 2 persons and injury to 22 others.

He was convicted in Ajmer TADA court that referred to the confessional statement and awarded life imprisonment. He was sentenced to life by Ajmer court in February 2004.

Ansari’s appeal against this conviction is pending before the Supreme Court.