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Ayodhya attack accused to be produced before court tomorrow

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Faizabad, Apr 2 (UNI) All five accused in the July five, 2005 fidayeen attack on the Ram Janmabhoomi complex at Ayodhya -- arrested from Jammu and Kashmir and Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh -- will be produced before the District Judge here tomorrow.

Presently lodged in the Naini (Allahabad) Central Jail, 170 km from here, the quintet -- Nasim Ahmad, Asif Iqbal, Shakil Ahmad, Mohd Aziz and Dr Irfan -- will be brought to the court amid tight security, official sources said.

During the last hearing on March 25, the District Judge R P Shukla had extended the judicial remand of the accused by eight more days and posted the case for hearing on April three, sources added.

According to government counsel O P Sinha, the fixing of charges against the quintet could not be taken up in the court on the last hearing.

The court had already appointed 'Nyay Mitra' Nalin Kumar Singh to represent the accused.

However, Mr Singh informed the court that following the Faizabad Bar Association (FBA) strike, his presence in the court was not possible. He further claimed that the Association had asked him not to represent the terrorists.

Following the attack on the Ram Janmabhoomi, the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) had lodged a case under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 147, 148, 307, 302, 353, 153, 153 A, 295, 120 B and 4.

Shakil and Nasim Ahmad were arrested on July 27, while Asif Iqbal and Mohd Aziz were arrested on July 14 in the valley by the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

The quarter were accused of providing SIM card and sophisticated weapons to the five terrorists, who stormed the high security Ram Janmabhoomi complex in Ayodhya on July 5. The fidayeen were, however, liquidated by security personel deployed at the site.

The fifth accused, Dr Irfan, a Unani medical practitioner, was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police on July 22 in Saharanpur district.

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