Muslim man acquitted after spending 5 years in jail

New Delhi, June 20 (KMS): After languishing in jail for five years, a court in Bangalore has acquitted Muhammed Habeeb, who was arrested in a ‘terror’ case under several charges including sections of stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

Special Judge of an NIA court. Kasanappa Naik on June 14 acquitted Habeeb, a 36-year-old auto driver, of all charges invoked against him by the police observing that there is no sufficient grounds or evidence to substantiate them.

“Keeping in mind the requirements of provision of Section 227 of Cr PC, and also the law laid down by the Supreme Court in the aforesaid decisions, and so also, on careful perusal of entire materials on record, I am of the considered opinion that there is no sufficient ground to proceed against accused No.7 for the offences alleged against him and, therefore, the accused No.7 is liable to be discharged,” said the court in its order while acquitting Habib.

Habeeb, who is a resident of Jogendra Nagar in Tripura’s Agartala, was behind the bars in connection with the cases related to 2005 shooting at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in which one person was killed and several injured. According to media reports, the Karnataka Police had arrested him by terming him ‘conspirator of the terror attack’.

Habeeb was released from jail on Friday. He left for home in Tripura the same day. His release was made possible thanks to the efforts of the Arshad Madani group of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind.

Talking to the media, Habeeb said that he never came to Bangalore. He saw the city for the first time when police brought him there after arrest. He said that he had no knowledge of shooting at IISC in Bangalore and neither he knew or met any accused ever. After his arrest, his father could not tolerate the pain of son’s arrest in a terror case and died.

He also thanked the Jamiat for taking up his case.