7/11: HC allows defence to examine cops

The Bombay High Court on Monday allowed the plea of 13 alleged SIMI members facing trial in the 7/11 train bomb blasts of 2006 to examine the three DCPs who had recorded the confessions of three of the 21 Indian Mujahideen (IM) members.

The IM operatives had allegedly claimed responsibility of almost all major bomb blasts across the country since 2005.

The order given by Justice A M Thipsay allowed the defence lawyers to summon the concerned DCPs before the trial court.

Earlier a special MCOCA Court had turned down their plea seeking examination of DCPs and production of the Call Data Records used against them by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

Defence lawyers Yug Chaudhry and Khan Abdul Wahad told the court that their clients were illegally detained much before their arrest was recorded and that their mobile phones were in use even after that.

The state government, however, did not seek a stay on the court's order.

Curfew relaxed for 15 hrs in Sirsa

With the district administration relaxing curfew for 15 hours from 6 am to 9 pm on Monday, life was slowly coming back to normal in Sirsa city.

It was the first relaxation after a continuous 30-hour curfew, clamped after supporters of Dera Sacha Sauda and Sikhs clashed last Saturday. The violence on November 24 had left 12 people injured and six vehicles badly damaged near Balmiki Chowk. The curfew, however, will continue from 9 pm on Monday till 6 am the next day.

While grocery shops and markets opened partially, educational institutions would remain closed till November 28. Government offices also remained shut on Monday.

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