Israeli embassy blast: Delhi court grants bail to 4 IIOJK students

New Delhi, July 16 (KMS): Four Kashmiri students illegally detained by the Delhi Police Special Cell for alleged conspiracy in a case relating to a low-intensity explosion near the Israeli embassy in the Indian Capital on January 29, were granted bail by a city court.

The court noted that nothing incriminating had been found against them and that they were students with blemish-free antecedents.

Granting bail to the Kargil-based students, Nazir Hussain, Zulfikar Ali, Ajaz Hussain and Muzammil Hussain, all in their 20s, Metropolitan Magistrate, Dr Pankaj Sharma said, nothing incriminating had been put forth by the investigating officer (IO) to suggest that they were linked to any terrorist organisation or constituted a threat to society.

“Considering the age, antecedents and the fact that all the accused persons are students having roots in the society and fixed place of abode, in the backdrop of the fact that IO has the custody of the relevant evidence, all the accused persons are ordered to be released on bail,” Sharma said.

While the explosion case was being investigated by India’s Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA), the Special Cell registered a case of “criminal conspiracy”.

The Special Cell arrested the four young men on June 23, days after the NIA announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh each for the identification of two persons captured by CCTV camera while they were allegedly planting explosive material outside the Israeli embassy.

In its order granting bail, the court said the report filed by the IO indicates that one of the accused used to post “highly objectionable” material on his Twitter account against Israel, US and other western countries, and he was followed by another accused. “Nothing in the report suggests that any of the accused persons was posting any objectionable material against India,” the order stated.

Noting that the IO has already recovered all the electronic gadgets from the accused, the court said the antecedents of all accused are blemish-free and they are students. “As per the report of the IO, Nazir is a supporter of IRGC (Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) but same is not a terrorist organisation,” the court stated in the order.

“Apparently, accused persons rendered cooperation in the investigation by surrendering all their electronic gadgets. IO is in possession of all the electronic devices and its analysis would take a long time,” the order stated.