Two accused of making provocative speeches freed

Eleven years after police booked them for making alleged provocative speeches outside Mograpada Masjid in Andheri (E),siblings Sajid and Khalid Ansari,alleged members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI),were acquitted by Andheri Railway Mobile Court on Tuesday.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: April 17, 2014 4:46:51 pm

Eleven years after police booked them for making alleged provocative speeches outside Mograpada Masjid in Andheri (E),siblings Sajid and Khalid Ansari,alleged members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI),were acquitted by Andheri Railway Mobile Court on Tuesday.

Sajid,also an accused in the July 11,2006,train blasts case,and Khalid were booked under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act on September 28,2001,a day after SIMI was banned.

The prosecution claimed the brothers made several provocative speeches.

It presented 12 witnesses to try and establish that they twice demonstrated outside the mosque and spoke of the suffering of Muslims during the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992.

However,when the case came up for hearing,the prosecution failed to get the sanctions required to try the accused under UAPA Act.

Meanwhile,the court also acquitted the two and Ishrat Khan of distributing pamphlets outside Mograpada Masjid on March 10,2001.

The prosecution said the pamphlets again talked of the Babri Masjid demolition. “Here,too,the prosectuion could not furnish proper sanctions,” the lawyer for the accused said.

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