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Bangalore: Now, DRDO researcher arrested on suspected terror links to be released soon


Deepa Balakrishnan,CNN-IBN
Mar 02, 2013 at 12:10pm IST

Bangalore: One more suspected terrorist will be released on bail soon in the Bangalore terror module bust after the National Investigative Agency told a Bangalore court that it has no charges to file against him. This time, it is the DRDO scientist who was arrested in August 2012.

Aijaz Mirza, a researcher with DRDO, was arrested in August 2012 for suspected terror links. After six months in jail, the NIA now says they can't file any charges against him. Mirza will be released soon, but the 26-yr-old has already lost his job at the DRDO. His family is moving the High Court against the wrongful extension of his custody in December.

The larger question though is how reliable are India's investigative agencies when it comes to a sensitive probe like a terror case. Were they on the right track in rounding up suspects in the greater common good, or were they making a mountain out of a molehill, hyping the possible intent to kill prominent persons as an international terror module?

Journalist Muthi-ur-Rahman and salesman Yusuf Nalaband, the other two accused, were released earlier this week after the NIA clean chit. While the police say this is collateral damage in the larger scheme of fighting terror, experts warn this could backfire.

Jyotiprakash Mirji, Bangalore police commissioner, said, "See how many cases are there in the country and how many acquittals. You mean everything is wrong? In our investigation, it's our duty to see what all comes finally goes to court. What we say is not final, the court decides who is right.

"All these fake encounters and false chargesheeting should stop. Unless it stops, they're going to make more enemies in the days to come. Those who have been detained wrong last time will certainly get their anger vent out only by doing again these kind fo activities," HT Sangliana, former DG said.

The case though has raised questions on hundreds of routine suspects picked up every day by the police and released without so much as a sorry.

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