Absolved, but may be nailed in UP


“We have scientific evidence to prove their involvement in the December 31, 2007 Rampur CRPF camp attack case,” UP Additional Director General of Police Brijlal said here on Monday.

“Fahim Ansari is the mastermind behind the CRPF camp attack,” Brijlal said.
Ansari, Sabahuddin along with some others had allegedly attacked the CRPF camp in Rampur on December 31, 2007.

Seven CRPF jawans and a rickshaw puller were killed in the attack.
Besides Fahim and Sabahuddin, the other accused in the case include Pakistani militants Imran and Farooq and Mohammad Sharif, Jang Bahadur, Kausar Khan and Gulab Khan of Rampur.

A charge sheet against them had been filed in a Rampur district court, where the matter is pending trial. The court has fixed May 15 next for further hearing of the matter.

11,000 pages of charge sheet
*The prosecution filed a charge sheet that ran into some 11,000 pages and examined more than 650 witnesses during the trial that lasted nearly a year in a special court in the high-security prison where Kasab was held.
*Kasab was charged with 86 offences, including waging war against the nation, which is punishable with death penalty.
*India had charged 38 people in connection with the 26/11 Mumbai attack, most of them living in Pakistan.
*Two Indian nationals, Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin Ahmed, accused of being members of the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba and conducting recce in Mumbai before the attack, were also on trial. They were acquitted by the court for lack of evidence.
*The trial had several twists and turns, including an unexpected confession by Kasab followed by a retraction, the dismissal of two defence attorneys and the shooting dead of an attorney for one of the co-accused.
*The decomposed bodies of the other nine terrorists were buried in an undisclosed location in Mumbai in January by the police after Muslim clerics refused to let them be buried on their grounds.
*Seven members of the LeT are on trial in Pakistan for their role in the attacks and Islamabad has sought the extradition of Kasab and Ansari.
*India has been pressing Pakistan to prosecute LeT founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, but Islamabad says New Delhi has not provided enough evidence against him.
*India is also seeking access to a Chicago man, David Coleman Headley, who pleaded guilty to helping plan the Mumbai attack.
New Delhi wants to interrogate him and try him in an Indian court. The United States has said it will allow Indian investigators to question him, but not extradite him.

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