Hyderabad: Ten terror suspects with alleged links to Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) were acquitted by a local court on Thursday, nearly 12 years after a suicide bomber blew himself up on October 12, 2005 in front of the police task force office in Hyderabad. While nine of the accused have spent nearly 12 years in jail, the tenth has been out on bail.
Apart from the suicide bomber, a home guard posted outside the office died in the explosion. The judgment said the prosecution failed to prove conspiracy charges. Also, the material seized from the accused did not amount to clinching evidence in the case, the judge added. The verdict came as a huge blow to Hyderabad police’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) and drew sharp reactions from various quarters, including political parties, which accused police of framing innocents.
Seven of the nine accused lodged in the Chanchalguda jail were released late Thursday. Two of those acquitted are also accused in 2005 Jaunpur Shramajeevi Express blast case. They will be transferred to Jaunpur prison in Uttar Pradesh.