Court adjourns hearing on bail application of terror suspects

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Pune, Oct 17 (UNI) The special court today deferred till October 22, the hearing on a bail application of three terror suspects, who were arrested by officials of Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) Pune in August for allegedly possessing 'jihadi' literature and CDs.

The ATS has charged Feroz Mehboob Pathan, Imtiaz Shaikh and Ayaz Khan under sections 10 (Penalty for being members of an unlawful association) and 13 (punishment for unlawful activities act 1967).

The police produced incriminating materials, including 40 Urdu books and two CDs suspected to contain 'jihadi' literature, before special Judge S J Kale. The materials were recovered from the accused's possession during the raids.

Pathan, a former member of the disbanded Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), was arrested by ATS Pune when he was planning to circulate the 'jihadi' literature. The ATS officials later arrested businessman Shaikh and Khan, who was working as salesman in a mobile shop, on the suspicion that they were Pathan's associates.

Talking to UNI, M M Sayed, who is representing the case of all three suspects along with two other lawyers, said, ''The police have falsely implicated my clients and their names are not in the list of SIMI activists prepared by the police.'' The Maharashtra government set up the new court at the District and sessions court here on October 10, for exclusively trying bail and police custody remand applications filed by terror suspects, following directions from the Bombay High Court.

However, while speaking to UNI, Pune ATS chief Inspector Peter Lobo described the literature recovered from Pathan as 'jihadi'.

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