Mumbai, Apr 26: It appears highly impossible that men from the Muslim community would have tried and killed their own people and this theory by the Maharashtra ATS which probed the Malegaon blasts case is not digestible.
These were the observations made by the sessions judge, V V Patil who discharged 8 Muslim men who were accused of carrying out the Malegaon blasts case of 2006.
After being arrested by the Maharashtra ATS and spending 9 years in jail, 8 persons, were discharged by the court. Signs of them being discharged became evident after the NIA took over the case and had stated that there is no substantial evidence against these persons.
The NIA probe had shown that four Hindus were behind the attacks. On September 2008, four powerful bombs ripped through Malegaon in Maharashtra killing 31 persons and injuring 312.
Unlikely that Muslims will kill Muslims
The court made some strong observations against the ATS. It said that the theory that Muslims would kill their own men in a bid to spread communal disharmony seems highly impossible. It appears that these men had become scapegoats at the hands of the ATS, the court further observed.
The court also took note that there was a Ganesh immersion across Maharashtra prior to these blasts. Had they wanted to cause riots they would have planted bombs at the time of the Ganesh immersion which would have caused the death of Hindus. They would have done this had their intention been to create communal riots the judge also observed.