Hyderabad

Masjid blast: Rs.3 lakh for acquitted

People gather at the site of the bomb blast, triggered during Friday prayers, at historic Mecca Masjid in Charminar area of Hyderabad. 5 people were killed and 25 injured in the blast.  

In a path-breaking move, the State Government announced a compensation of Rs. 3 lakh each to 16 persons, who were tried and later acquitted in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case.

The payment of compensation to the acquitted persons is tantamount to admission that they were falsely implicated in the terror case.

In a memo order issued on Tuesday, the Government has also declared that no other cases were pending against these members.

It has also decided to pay a compensation of Rs. 20,000 each to the persons, who were let off by the police after interrogation.

The compensation would be paid to these persons on Friday at Jubilee Hall, Public Gardens.

The order also indicated that the Government is considering payment of compensation to four persons after pending cases against them are disposed.

The payment of compensation comes in the backdrop of several inquiries conducted by human rights organisations and the Andhra Pradesh Minorities Commission into the arrests after police were accused of falsely implicating Muslim youth in the blast case.

Nine persons were killed in the Mecca Masjid blast on May 18, 2007 and five more later in subsequent flare up of violence and police firing. Initially, Islamic fundamentalist groups were suspected to have planned and executed the blasts.

Right from pan shop owners, watch repairers, auto driver to a student pursuing Unani medicine, the police had picked up minority youth and implicated them in the case overriding objections from community elders and rights groups.

However, the very basis of the police argument that, Islamist fundamentalists engineered the blast turned out to be a wrong premise, when investigations revealed that it was a Hindu fundamentalist organisation, Abhinav Bharat, that was responsible for the blast in the mosque.

Controversy



Meanwhile, controversy is brewing over the selection of people to receive the compensation of Rs. 3 lakh.

“I was in jail for 18 months and lost three valuable years of education and yet my name is not included in the list,” fumes Syed Imran Khan, who was acquitted.


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