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Don’t ask questions, just kill the terrorists

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That is a sentiment one reads on discussion boards and comments sections of news items on the latest Mumbai serial bombings. TOI reminds us of the dangers involved in such pronouncements:

The 2006 Malegaon blast, which left 37 people dead and over 100 injured, was first probed by the Maharashtra ATS. It had arrested nine persons and filed chargesheet against them for their involvement in the incident in December, 2006. It had claimed that the bombs were assembled by two Pakistanis who stayed in Mumbai and Malegaon for over one-and-half-months before the incident.

Later, the case was transferred to the CBI in the wake of a number of representations made by family members of the imprisoned accused. The fate of the case, however, could not change. The CBI had more or less adhered to the line of the probe conducted by the Maharashtra ATS.

A twist came when Swami Aseemanand, who was arrested by the CBI in Mecca Masjid blast case ( Hyderabad), had confessed in December, 2010, that the Malegaon blast was the handiwork of the fellow Hindu radicals, who had also carried out blasts in Mecca Masjid, Ajmer Sharif and Samjhauta Express.

The ATS faltered again in its Pune German Bakery blast case. It had first arrested one Abdul Samad, a resident of Bhatkal in North Karnataka, from Mangalore airport soon after his arrival from Dubai on May 24, 2010.

His arrest had turned out to be a major embarrassment when the court granted Samad bail in June, 2010, after his defence produced evidence of his presence in a family’s marriage function in his village in Karnataka at the time of the blast. It was a big blow to the image of ATS, which had claimed to have arrested Samad on the premise that his profile matched the CCTV footage of the blast site.


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