Acquittal in Makkah Masjid blast case is a failure of justice: Popular Front questions NIA’s credibility

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:40 -- Sub Editor

A statement issued by the Central Secretariat of Popular Front of India has observed that that the acquittal of all the accused in the Makkah Masjid blast case by an NIA special court strengthens the suspicion over the credibility of National Investigation Agency that it functions as the political tool of the BJP government.
It is vital for the democratic future of the country that the accused in cases such as Makkah Masjid Blast are punished. This case is one among in the series of blasts where Hindutwa extremists tried to create terror and destabilize the country. Not only did they kill 9 innocents and injured at least 58, but made it look like an attack by Muslims. Further they tried to create a communal divide and managed to get innocent Muslim youth implicated in the case. Many Muslim youths falsely implicated in the case had to spend years in prison becoming victims of this Hindutwa conspiracy in connivance with state support.
The recent acquittal strengthens the existing observation against the National Investigative Agency in its style of dealing with terror cases in which Sangh Parivar affiliates are involved. It is strange that all the five were acquitted despite the fact that one of them, Swami Aseemanand had voluntarily confessed to the crime. There were also reports of important files including witnesses’ statements going missing from the court. The prosecution on behalf of NIA officials did not take interest in challenging the bail application by the accused despite sufficient grounds to do so. The mysterious death of one of the key accused, Sunil Joshi, still remains unresolved.
NIA has taken a U-turn in several cases where the accused has relations with Sangh Parivar. It is noteworthy here that, in June 2015, Rohini Salian, a senior public prosecutor had accused the NIA of asking her to “go soft” on the group of Hindu extremists accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. It looks as if NIA has intentionally allowed Hindutwa criminals to get away with one of the gravest crimes committed against the nation. The abrupt resignation of the NIA court judge immediately after pronouncing the judgment is also a matter of serious concern. This act cannot be brushed away as mere personal issue and warrants independent probe into the circumstances that led to his resignation.
While the acquittal of criminals is happening on one side, voices of dissent like in the case of Mr. Chandrashekar of the Bhim Army who is implicated under the NSA are being suppressed. He has been on a fast since the last fortnight to protest against his false implication, but is not being heard by the government. The central secretariat demands his release and absolution from the false charges framed against him.
The overall deterioration of the law and order situation in the country, particularly with respect to women and the recent cases which emerge from Unnao and Khathua, are only further ascertaining the fact that a decadent justice dispensing system only strengthens criminals element in civil society. The meeting pointed out that after the reporting of these two cases in the media, several new cases of sexual assault and murder of minor girls are emerging from Surat and other places, and this is becoming a matter of discussion even in international forums. Chairman E Abubacker presided over the meeting which was attended General M Muhammed Ali Jinnah, OMA Salam, KM Shareef, Abdul Wahid Sait and EM Abdul Rahman.

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