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Malegaon blast accused out of jail after 5 years


Shoaib Ahmed,CNN-IBN
Nov 16, 2011 at 09:51pm IST

Mumbai: Five years after they were accused in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case, seven of the nine accused finally got bail and walked out of jail in Mumbai on Wednesday amidst emotional scenes. The bail order came after the NIA told the court that it does not have enough evidence against the accused. The accused claim they have been wrongly targeted.

Families of the seven accused in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case were relived to see their loved ones walk out of prison after 5 long years.

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Masood Ahmed Abdul Ahmed, brother of one of the accused Dr. Salman Farsi, said, "We have received the result of the battle we fought for 5 long years. I hope all the accused will be proved innocent in the court of law soon."

The nine accused were arrested by the Maharashtra ATS after at least 30 people died and over 100 were injured in blasts that rocked the town of Malegaon on September 8, 2006. Masiullaah, whose two family members were picked up feels vindicated.

For Advocate Jaleel Ahmed, it has been a long battle quite literally, he fought his younger brother Abrar Ahmed's case in court, Abrar had retracted a confession he claimed to have made under pressure.

Though the National Investigation Agency's decision to not to oppose bail in view of Swami Aseemanand's confession brought relief to the families of the accused, it has also raised some serious questions over not only the ATS' probe but also that of the CBI, which was investigating the case before NIA took over. These families now want action against the errant police officers.

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