Alleged HuJI operative Khalid Mujahid was facing trial in three cases lodged in Faizabad,Lucknow and Barabanki districts. Khalid,reportedly a teacher at a Jaunpur madrasa,was booked for his alleged role in triggering blasts on court premises at Faizabad and Lucknow while the Barabanki case pertained to the alleged recovery of gelatin rods and detonators from his possession.
The proceedings in all three cases are going on in the courts of the concerned districts.
As per the ATS investigation,Khalids fingerprints were matched with those found on a live bomb recovered from Faizabads court premises and there was circumstantial evidence against him in the Lucknow case. The ATS mentioned in its report that they had scanned call detail records of HuJI commander Basheer alias Hejazi and Khalid and found that they were in regular contact with each other. Hejazi was killed in an encounter with the armed forces in Kashmir in 2008.
Defence counsel Mohammad Shoaib said,As per ATS investigation,Khalid was present near the blast site in Lucknow and in the case of Faizabad he was involved in the conspiracy. He added that the police did not find his involvement in keeping the explosives at the blast site.
The ATS had filed chargesheet against five in the blast cases of Lucknow and Faizabad. The accused included Khalid,Tariq Qasmi,Sajjadur-Rehman and Akhtar. In Barabanki,the chargesheet was filed against Khalid and Tariq.
As per ATS investigation,Khalid had confessed that he had met Abdul Raqeeb of Assam while pursuing his studies at a madarsa in Amroha in 2001. In 2003,the ATS said,Raqeeb took Khalid to Jammu and Kashmir where he attended a 15-day HuJI training camp. The ATS said that Khalid had confessed during the interrogation that he was a HuJI commander.
The STF,which arrested Khalid and Tariq,had tracked their movement on the basis of information collected during interrogation of other HuJI operatives The STF had claimed to have recovered gelatin rods,detonators,a cellphone and Rs 350 from the possession of Khalid and around 1.25 kg RDX,gelatin rods and a cellphone from Tariq.
Family members of Khalid and Tariq had staged protests claiming that police had falsely implicated them. The BSP government had set up a commission headed by retired judge R D Nimesh to investigate into the allegations. Last year,the commission submitted its report. Sources said the commission found the STFs claim regarding date,place and timing of the arrests doubtful.