7/11: A case mired in several controversies

7/11: A case mired in several controversies

Some accused have links with 2006 Malegaon serial blasts

7/11: A case mired in several controversies

The verdict on the July 2006 Mumbai train bombings may have come out but the case has seen several controversies and conflicting versions surfacing over the last nine years.

One of the debates is around the pressure-cooker bomb theory. When the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) detected the case, the media was told that the bombs were kept inside pressure cookers to increase the impact. However, no such thing was mentioned in the charge sheet.

The trial was also delayed  when the accused challenged the applicability of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act in the case. The Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court upheld the decision later and cleared the decks for the proceedings.

Again, some of those arrested in the 7/11 train bombing case have links with the Malegaon serial blasts of September 8, 2006, and the Aurangabad arms and RDX haul case of May that year. Incidentally, Zaibuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, who is being tried for the 26/11 terror attack, is a wanted in the Aurangabad arms haul case and also the February 13, 2010, blast at Pune’s German Bakery.

While the 7/11, Aurangabad and German Bakery cases are being handled by the ATS, the first Malegaon blast case has been handed over to the CBI.

As far as the Malegaon blasts of September 29, 2008, are concerned, the case was first handled by the ATS and later, the National Investigation Agency joined the probe.

In September 2008, when the Crime Branch busted the Indian Mujahideen (IM) network, including the Pune module, it came to light that some IM operatives, masquerading as “Pakistanis”, were part of the group that carried out the orchestrated bombings in local trains.

After the Mumbai Crime Branch-CID busted the IM network with the arrest of 21 people in October 2008, it claimed that the IM was virtually responsible for major acts of terror since 2002, including the firing outside the American Consulate in Kolkata on January 22, 2002.

On the other hand, some IM members masqueraded as Pakistanis and hid themselves  among the Indians accused in the 7/11 case to trigger the train blasts and vapourised later.

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