Close relatives of the Muslim youths arrested in 2006 Malegaon
blast case and local leaders January 11 met Maharashtra Chief
Minister Prithviraj Chavan and demanded their immediate release.
They were accompanied by Minister of
Minority Department Arif Nasim Khan and Minister of State Mrs
The delegation met the Chief
Minister after the confessional statement of Swami Aseemanand
appeared in the media this Friday reportedly saying that the 2006
Malegaon blasts were carried by the terrorists belonging to the
right wing Hindutva groups.
"We presented all the details in
front of the Chief Minister and said, after the confession of
Aseemanand, our belief that the Muslim youths are innocent is
vindicated. Hence the government should take the initiative for
their immediate release", Advocate Irfana said while speaking to
ummid.com on phone from Mumbai.
According to Advocate Irfana, who
was part of the delegation that met the Chief Minister today
evening, when the Chief Minister said that the government is
working on forming a panel of select advocates so that the
innocents are released, Minister of Minority Department Arif Nasim
Khan and others urged Chavan to take immidiate measures so that
the youths are released at least on bail.
"These youths are in jail since last
more than four years without any fault. Hence, in line with the
decision taken by Andhra Pradesh Government in the Mecca Masjid
blast case, Maharashtra government should also take immediate
steps for the release of the Muslim youths", Advocate Irfana
quoted Arif Nasim Khan as saying.
Earlier on Monday, the delegation
that included the wives and children of the Muslim youths who are
behind bar met the Home Minister, RR Patil and raised similar
In response to this, Patil shot off
a letter to the CBI asking it to take a relook at the 2006
Malegaon blast following the reported confession of Swami
Aseemanand, who is in Rajasthan ATS’s custody.
“We have requested the CBI to take a
relook at the Malegaon case in the wake of the confession made
before the magistrate by Aseemanand, who was arrested by Rajasthan
ATS. We have also asked CBI to look into the exact role of
Aseemanand in the blast,” Patil said.
Patil also said role of organisations, including the RSS, in
terror activities were being examined to consider banning them.
When asked if the government was considering seeking a ban on the
RSS, he said, “If any organisation is involved in terror
activities, it should be banned.”