Tag of terrorists erased: 11 Muslims acquitted in TADA case after 25 years

Mumbai: 11 Muslims have been acquitted by Nashik’s Special TADA Court on Wednesday, 25 years after they were arrested and charged under it. Citing lack of evidence and violation of TADA guidelines during investigations, Nashik’s Special TADA Court Judge S C Khati acquitted 11 from the charges.

Vartha Bharati quoted a press release from Jamiat Ulama stating, “Advocates of prominent legal aid organisation ‘Jamiat Ulama’ from last three years and were confident of acquitting all these 11 innocents from the case.”

Those who are acquitted include, Jameel Ahmed Abdullah Khan, Mohammed Yunus Mohammed Ishaq, Farooque Nazir Khan, Yusuf Gulab Khan, Ayyub Ismail Khan, Waseemuddin Shamsuddin, Shaikha Shafi Shaikh Azeez, Ashfaq Syed Murtuza Meer, Mumtaz Syed Murtuza Meer, Haroon Mohammed Bafati and Moulana Abdul Qader Habibi. They were arrested on 28 May 1994 from Maharashtra and other parts of the country and were charged under section 120 (B) and 153 of Indian Penal Code and Section 3 (3) (4) (5) and Section 4 (1) (4) of TADA act for allegedly planning avenge of Babri Masjid demolition and for attending terrorist’s training camps in Kashmir in this regard.

It was also alleged that they were trying to recruit youngsters from Nashik and Bhusawal for their alleged terror group Bhusawal Al Jihad.

Congratulating the team of advocates which looked after the case, Gulzar Azmi, who leads the team of advocates of Jamiat Ulama, after the verdict said, though Justice has been delayed for these 11, but the tag of terrorists has been erased. The team of advocates included Advocate Sharif Shaikh, Mateen Shaikh, Ansar Tanboli, Raziq Shaikh, Shahid Nadeem, Mohammed Arshad and other.

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