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http://www.ibnlive.com/news/13-guilty-top-accused-madani-acquitted/45998-3.html3 guilty, top accused Madani acquitted
Sandhya Ravishankar / CNN-IBN
Published on Wednesday, August 01, 2007 at 08:09 in Nation section
Coimbatore: A sessions court in Coimbatore acquitted Kerala-based People's Democratic Party leader Abdul Nasser Madani, in the 1998 serial bomb blasts case, but found S A Basha guilty.
Basha, the founder of the al-Umma, a suspected Muslim terror outfit, was found guilty of "criminal conspiracy" and transporting bombs in the 1998 serial bomb blasts case.
Of the 14 accused in the blasts case, 13 people have been convicted. Madani was the only one who has been acquitted.
The judgment of the special court in the city, which began on Wednesday, comes almost nine years after 12 blasts ravaged the city.
It was on February 14, 1998 when hundreds had gathered in Coimbatore during the election campaign visit of senior BJP leader L K Advani that bombs went off at 12 different places in the city, including the rally site, killing 58 people.
Advani, who was to speak at the rally, was saved as his flight from Thiruvananthapuram was delayed by three hours.
It was the second time that terror had struck the city and left 58 dead and over 200 were injured in the 40 minutes that shook Coimbatore.
Investigations blamed the al-Umma and the Jehad committee for carrying out these attacks.
By 2002, 166 people were facing trial including Basha and Madani.
Mahdani, lodged in Coimbatore Jail for the past eight years, had sought bail from Madras High Court on health grounds and was given special facilities when the M Karunanidhi government came to power in Tamil Nadu in May last year.
The Prime Accused:
The Case So Far:
- Abdul Nazar Madani: Leader of People’s Democratic Party, prominent Islamic leader of Kerala. Top Kerala politicians, including CM V S Achuthanandan have been seeking his release. He is also said to enjoy support of Tamil Nadu CM.
- Syed Ahmed Basha: Al-Umma founder who rose very fast to prominence is also named in the blast at an RSS office. Basha’s brother and his son also accused in the Coimbatore case.
- Mohommad Ansari: Basha’s deputy
- February 14, 1998: The operation, code-named 'Operation Allahu-Akbrar', had hit the city and suburbs by a series of 12 powerful blasts. The deadly blasts left 58 people dead and injured over 200.
- April 7, 2000: Special Court constituted to try cases
- October 23, 2000: Charges framed
- March 7, 2002: Trial commences, 1,300 witnesses examined
- June 2006: Prosecution and defence arguments begin
- April 10, 2007: Arguments end
I remember this as i used to study Engg in a college in Coimbatore during that time.it is really horrible to see blasts followed for a week and a terror striken city.Coimbatore lost its development oppurtunities a lot because of this blast and clashes.
Today Coimbatore City seems recovered from the events that occured nearly a decade back .