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Deendar men convicted, released

Deendar men convicted, released

Publication: Deccan Chronicle
Date: November 23, 2004

A special court trying the serial blasts case  on Monday sentenced five activists of the Deendar Anjuman to undergo  four years rigorous imprisonment for possessing explosive substances.  It also sentenced 38 activists of the organisation to six months  rigorous imprisonment for criminal conspiracy. They have also been fined  Rs 1,000.

As the accused have already been lodged in the Cherlapally Jail  for four-and-half years in judicial custody, they will be released on  Tuesday. However, 17 of the accused, who are wanted in connection with  cases in Karnataka, will be handed over to the Karnataka Police. Special  Court Judge P Sri Sudha acquitted the Deendar activists in 11 cases  related to the blasts. In all, there were 14 cases.

The Deendar activists were accused of triggering serial bomb  blasts in churches in Andhra Pradesh, Goa and Karnataka in the beginning  of the year 2000 to create communal tension. They also planted bombs in  mosques and temples. Defence counsel R Mahadevan said that the  prosecution failed to prove any case related to the blasts. The accused  had been convicted for possessing explosives and for criminal  conspiracy, he pointed out.

The five activists sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment are  Shaik Fardin, Mohammed Azeemuddin, Mohammed Humayun Khan, Shaik Iqbal  Ahmed and Khaja Moinuddin.  The family members of the accused expressed  happiness at the judgment. Deendar activists too were joyful. "With this  judgment, my faith in the Indian judicial system has gone up," said  Shamsh-Uz-Zama, a resident of Nuzivid in Krishna district.

Deendar activists said they will continue to preach their ideology  after being released. "We are happy, but we will stick to our ideology,"  said Hasham Ali from Bangalore.

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