Kerala HC Acquits Two Muslim Men in Kozhikode Blast Case

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Kerala High Court

Nazeer and Shafaz had appealed against the charges and the conviction by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) under the UAPA.

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI – Two alleged Lashkar e Taiba operatives accused in the 2006 Kozhikode blast case were acquitted on Thursday as the Kerala High Court allowed their appeals.

Thadiyantevida Nazeer and Shafaz had filed the appeal against the life sentence given to them as prime accused in the case of a blast that took place in the Kozhikode Mofussil bus stand in March 2006. They said the charges and the conviction by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) court against them under the UAPA are wrong.

Justice Vinod K Chandran and Justice Ziyad Rahman also declined the appeal by the NIA against acquittal of two others, Abdul Halim and Abubaker Yusuf, by a trial court.

The investigation was initially done by the local police but later the NIA took over the case in 2009. According to the chargesheet filed by the agency in 2010 under UAPA, IPC and Explosive Substances Act, the bomb was planted in protest against the denial of bail to some Muslim men in connection with the 2003 Marad communal riots.

The chargesheet said that the local police received information on phone by local media that bomb has been planted at the said bus stand.

Interestingly, the accused informed the city collectorate and the media about the location of the bombs after planting them. The police had arrived on the scene on time and got the people evacuated to minimise the damage.

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