Shramjivi blast case: terrorists produced in court

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Jaunpur, Jan 3 (UNI) The three terrorists accused in the Patna-New Delhi Shramjivi Express bomb blast case appeared before a local court amid tight security today.

The July 28, 2005 blast near Halpalganj-Singramau railway station in the district had killed at least 14 people and grievously wounded 90 others.

The accused--Obaid-ur-Rehman, Hilal-ud-din and Nafikul--appeared before Additional District and Sessions Judge (III) Rajendra Chandra.

Hearing Hailal-ud-din's application, the court directed the jail superintendent to present a report before it on January 19.

The terrorist had submitted an application before the court, alleging that he was not provided any facility and essential commodities, like soap and oil, inside the jail.

There are 48 witnesses in the case, of which almost 39 had recorded their statement.

Chargesheet against the accused had already been filed under CrPC sections 148, 307, 302 and 120 B, the Explosive Substance Act section 3/4, the Railway Act section 150, 151 and the Foreigners Act section 14.

Two other accused Mohd Sharif, alias Sirajuddin of Bangladesh, and Dr Sayeed are yet to be traced.

Another accused Mohd Roni, alias Alamgeer, is presently lodged in the Tihar jail, while Ghulam Rajdani, alias Pahiya, had already been gunned down in an encounter.

In May, 2006, Hilal-ud-din and Nafikul were brought here from Cherallapalli Central Jail, Andhra Pradesh on a warrant, while Obaid-ur-Rehman, a Bangladeshi, was brought from Murshidabad, West Bengal.

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