City police are yet to close cases against Muslim youth who were acquitted by court two years ago following their trial in connection with the 2007 serial bomb blasts at Mecca Masjid, Lumbini Park and Gokul Chat Bhandar.
“The city police bosses are aware of the recommendations of the state and National Minority Commissions but do not want to take any decision on their own. It is a political decision and has to be taken by chief minister Kiran Kumar,” a senior police officer said. As the incident followed large scale rounding up, detention, torture and arrest of over 100 Muslim youth and was treated on par with national security, city police are waiting for the government nod to close the cases againt all those who were acquitted.
Sources said that the department of minority welfare has moved the file containing the latest recommendations from National Minority Commission to the chief minister. “Apparently, he has not seen the file yet. We do not know what instructions would be given once he sees it,” they said. Gopalapuram police station had booked cases against 26 Muslim youth under crime number 198/2007. They had been charged with conspiring against the state and waging war against it.
All the accused in these cases have been acquitted by court. Meanwh i l e , Ibrhim Ali Junaid, a Unani doctor who was among those acquitted, said, “My family members are suffering the stigma of terror charges. Police continue to visit me to question whenever there is any major disturbance anywhere. One of the first things the government should do is to stop this harassment.” Mohammed Rayeesuddin and Abdul Raheem of Malakpet said that they have not been able to find a decent job ever since the acquittal. “The government should come forward to clear our names and allow us to live a normal life,” they said. TOI