Jihadi literature case: Jail officials fail to produce Himayat Baig in court

S S Bose has written to jail authorities twice for not producing accused Mirza Himayat Inayat Baig for the last four court hearings in a case.

Written by AADITI JATHAR LAKADE | Pune | Published:January 25, 2012 1:14 am

Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) S S Bose has written to jail authorities twice for not producing accused Mirza Himayat Inayat Baig for the last four court hearings in a case in which he is accused of allegedly distributing jihadi literature and collecting funds for banned organisation Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). Baig is also an accused in German Bakery blast case of February 13,2010.

According to advocate Kaynat Ali Shaikh,counsel for Baig,the jail authorities did not produce Baig on January 20 and January 13,2012 and December 31 and December 7,2011. Another co-accused in the case is Maulana Shabbir Hussain Gangawali,a maulana with alleged links with Indian Mujahideen (IM).

“While Gangawali (convicted for possession of fake currency) is regularly produced in the court on every hearing,the jail authorities have failed to produce Baig on the last four dates in a row,” Shaikh said.

Deputy jail superintendent of Yerawada Central Prison Sudhir Kingre said he did not know anything about the notices sent by the court. The case dates back to August 20,2008 when the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had arrested six persons from Seven Loves Chowk in the city for circulating jihadi literature. Baig was arrested in January last year for this offence,while Gangawali was arrested in June.

According to the ATS,Baig,along with IM and SIMI members had conducted the religious “darj” meeting of Muslim youths in the city for circulating jihadi literature among them and indoctrinating the youths into jihadi ideology.

While Firoze Mehboob Pathan (Ghorpade Peth),Imtiaz Babumia Shaikh (Bimpura),Ayyaz Yusuf Khan (Bhimpura),Mohammad Bilal Gulal Rasool Kagzi (Surat),Nadeem Mohammad Salim Shaikh (Thane) and Shabbir Hussain Mohiddin Gangawali (Karnataka) and Baig (Udgir) were arrested,two others — one identified as Taukir and other a maulana are absconding.

The ATS had also claimed that the documents carrying jihadi information seized from Baig’s residence in Udgir matches with the jihadi literature seized from SIMI suspects in Pune.

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