Unraveling the truth behind 7/11 Mumbai train blasts probe

On July 11, 2006, seven trains in Mumbai were rocked by a series of powerful blasts, which killed 187 persons while 824 were injured. Between July 20, 2006 to October 3, 2006, the Anti-terrorist Squad of the Maharashtra Police arrested 13 people and claimed to have cracked the case.

Two terror attacks, four sets of accused, two names in common

The ATS had claimed that these men have confessed to their crime after their arrest. A charge-sheet was filed on November 29, 2006. In November, 2006 itself, all the accused had filed written submissions to the Court saying the confessions were coerced out of them under severe custodial torture and that the ATS was falsely implicating them.

We weren't on the trains...

The ATS had carefully weaved a narrative and nobody even heard the story of the accused. Two years later, the Mumbai Police arrested five alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) men and claimed they were responsible for July 11, 2006 Mumbai blasts.

On October, 18, 2008, DCP Vishwas Patil recorded a confession of Mohammad Sadiq, an alleged IM member, under Section 18 of the MCOCA where "Sadiq stated that he, with the help of other IM members such as Riyaz Bhatkal, Arif Badar, Dr. Shahnawaz, and others had carried out the 2006 Mumbai train blasts, that they had also carried out all bomb blasts in Mumbai after 2005".

To strengthen the Mumbai Police case, statements of the two other alleged IM members, Ansar Sheikh and Md. Arif Sheikh, saying that "Sadiq told them that he had carried out the July, 11, 2006 Mumbai train bomb blasts" were also recorded under MCOCA.

The arrest of this new set of people allegedly belonging to IM for their involvement in the July, 11, 2006 Mumbai train blasts case by another wing of the Maharashtra Police in fact gave a twist to the case, putting a question mark on the credibility of the entire investigation and thus drawing attention to the pleas of innocence of the 13 men, facing trial while behind bars.

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