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11 Muslim Men Acquitted of Terror Charges, 25 Years After Being Booked Under TADA

“Though Justice has been delayed for these 11, but the tag of terrorists has been erased,” said advocate Gulzar Azmi.

11 muslim men were reportedly acquitted by a Nashik court on Friday, March 1, 25 years after they were arrested and charged under the now-repealed Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act.  Justice S C Khati, Nasik’s Special TADA Court judge, acquitted the 11 men citing lack of evidence and violation of TADA guidelines during investigations.

According to a report by Rasia Hashmi in The Siasat Daily, the 11 men were arrested on 28 May 1994 from Maharashtra and other parts of the country and were charged under section 120 (B) and 153 of Indian Penal Code, Section 3(3)(4)(5) and Section 4(1)(4) of the TADA act for allegedly planning to avenge Babri Masjid demolition and for attending terrorist’s training camps in Kashmir.

The report adds that it was also alleged that the men sought to recruit youngsters from Nashik and Bhusawal for their alleged terror group “Bhusawal Al Jihad.” Those who are acquitted include, Jameel Ahmed Abdullah Khan, Mohammed Yunus Mohammed Ishaq, Farooque Nazir Khan and eight others.

The report quotes Gulzar Azmi, who leads the team of advocates of Jamiat Ulama that fought the case for these 11 men, who said, “Though Justice has been delayed for these 11, but the tag of terrorists has been erased.”

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