Over a dozen NGOs
of Mumbai and Malegaon August 07 decided to call on Maharashtra
Chief Minister to seek justice for the Muslim youths detained in
the 2006 Malegaon blast case and express their anguish over the
poor handling of the 2008 Malegaon blast case by the investigating
"We will be meeting Maharashtra
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan probably on August 13 to express
our concern over the negligence and injustice meted to the
innocent Muslim youths who were framed in the 2006 Malegaon blast
case", said Salim Alware, convener of the Federation of Minorities
NGOs of Maharashtra.
Salim Alware was speaking to
ummid.com on phone after a meeting which was held at Khair Ummat
Trust's Mumbai office following the Mumbai High Court's decision
to grant bail to the two accused arrested in the 2008 Malegaon
blast case. The meeting was attended by Maharashtra Minority
Commission Vice Chairman Abraham Mathai and Mahesh Bhatt besides
other prominent community leaders from Mumbai and Malegaon.
"The meeting also observed that it
was because of the lackluster attitude of the investigating
agencies towards the Hindutva terrorists and poor handling of the
case that they were granted bail by the court", Alware added.
The meeting also decided to boycott
the Iftaar parties which are normally organised by the
political parties during Ramadan if the government does not show
It is to be noted that questions are
raised about the investigations of the 2006 Malegaon blast from
the day one. While the Muslim community leaders are of the view
that the blast were carried by the Hindutva terrorists, the
investigating agencies rejecting their claim charged nine Muslim
youths in the case.
Ironically, one of the arrested
youths, whom the investigation charged as one of the planters of
the bomb on September 08, 2006 in Malegaon, was at Phoolsawangi -
a town 600 kms away from Malegaon at the time of the incident
The case took a surprising
turnaround January this year when Swami Aseemanand, arrested in
Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer blasts also confessed
about the involvement of the Hindutva terrorists in the 2006
Malegaon blast case.
In a swift move following the
confession of Aseemanand, the Andhra Pradesh government ordered to
release the Muslim accused who were arrested in the Mecca Masjid
case. The Maharashtra government, however, despite repeated pleas
is yet to take any such decision. The accused had applied for the
bail but because of the strong opposition from the investigating
agencies, it was rejected by the court.
Against this backdrop, the Muslim
community was up for a shock when it learnt that the Mumbai HC had
granted bail to two of the accused who were arrested in the 2008
Malegaon blast case.