Wives of Malegaon bombing accused urge quick CBI probe

June 9th, 2009 - 9:08 pm ICT by IANS  

P. Chidambaram New Delhi, June 9 (IANS) The wives of the nine men accused in the bomb blasts in Malegaon appealed Tuesday to Home Minister P. Chidambaram to expedite the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the terrorist attack.
“The home minister has promised us that the CBI will present a report of the Malegaon blast case on Wednesday. For the last three years our husbands have been behind bars and we had no clue about the progress in the case,” Qamar Jahan, wife of accused Shabbir Ahmad, said here after the nine women met Chidambaram Monday and submitted a memorandum.

A series of blasts rocked Malegaon minutes after the Friday prayers Sep 8, 2006, leaving 40 people dead. Investigators have blamed members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) for the blasts.

The investigation was handed over to the CBI in December 2006.

Badrunnisa Raees Ahmad, wife of accused Raees Ahmad, said: “After another blast in Malegoan in 2008, the Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) exposed the hidden face of the Hindu radical group, Abhinav Bharat, and arrested Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt. Col. Prasad Srikant Purohit Singh.

“The ATS has linked the Abhinav Bharat with the 2006 Malegaon blast too. This proves the innocence of our husbands,” she said.

Samreen Firdous Noorul-Huda, wife of Firdous Noorul-Huda, added: “We have requested the home minister to direct the CBI to immediately submit the report. We have not been given justice though our husbands are innocent.”

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