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Hyderabad techie discharged of terror charges after 10 months
Aug 13, 2013 12:34 AM , By Alok Deshpande | 11 comments

Ten months after being arrested as a ‘terrorist’ for his alleged role in the 2002 bomb blast case in Mumbai, a techie from Hyderabad has been cleared of all charges. The Mumbai police have admitted to the special court here that they found ‘no evidence’ against him. Much before his arrest, for 10 years, the police had been claiming that Taj-ul Kazi Siddiqui, 40, was the main conspirator of the 2002 Ghatkopar bus blast case. In a charge sheet filed in 2003, he was named one of the 29 accused and was shown as wanted. On November, 2012, a team of Mumbai police arrested him from Hyderabad and booked him under stringent sections of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) and various sections of the Indian Penal Code. He was later released on bail in April, 2013.

Settled in Hyderabad for almost a decade, Mr. Siddiqui was a senior employee with HCL. He was immediately terminated from his job, for being ‘allegedly’ involved in ‘terror’ activities. For 10 months, his family repeatedly claimed that he was innocent.

On August 1, Mumbai police informed the special POTA court that they found ‘no evidence’ against Mr. Siddiqui. “He was not found involved in the case after investigation of related papers. After studying the mirror image of his laptop’s hard disk, no evidence of his involvement in the case or objectionable matter was found,” said the application submitted by the police. It also said that his e-mail accounts were checked and no evidence linking him to the blast case was found.

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  • I know Indian Police since 1947 after. They miserably lack training and they were never trained at any level. They just go about under compulsion and do not know how to do the investigation work. Many a time under political pressure do something TARDY and wash their hands. Even one of the X top cops felt they need training. Hindu the Paper should undertake what is called Investigative Journalism through their journalist and bring pressure on the politicians who matter, so that this type of errors are avoided in future.
    From: sini rao
    Posted: Aug 14, 2013 at 1:29 IST
  • TOI must have made a fortune when he was arrested now if they report it will appear only in remote pages of their news paper ...Hats Off to The Hindu for reporting this story of another innocent...many times they are killed in cold blood to save the policemen.
    From: khan
    Posted: Aug 13, 2013 at 17:14 IST
  • He shud claim a compensation of min INR 10 crores from mumbai police/ state government as they ruined his career. He has to sue them to make sure it does not happen again. We cannnot undo what has already happened. But compensation muist be paid in full !!!!!
    From: Kris
    Posted: Aug 13, 2013 at 15:21 IST
  • This innocent is very lucky to get Justice in 10 months. Though it could be understood that its not just 10 months his innocence is proved.....but in fact a horrific experience he might have undergone for the crime he would never have thought he will be named in wildest of the dream. Still the police should be appreciated for making it fast to 10 we see cases where innocents are Languishing in jails since many years. Also I would strongly appreciate the Hindu Paper for putting this news, as we have seen many cases where Innocents when caught get a huge media coverage in front pages...and when they are acquitted they hardly get any attention in media, a clear act of biased and unethical journalism. Thank you HINDU !!
    From: Syed
    Posted: Aug 13, 2013 at 14:19 IST
  • As a country, I wonder, where as we headed?? It is with utter pain and disgust that we read such news about an innocent implicated in serious cases. Imagine what his family must have had to endure?! Let hundred criminals be left to go scot free but, let's not punish even one innocent man!
    From: Srinivas P
    Posted: Aug 13, 2013 at 11:56 IST
  • It took 10 years to clear his name??? 10 months to investigate his email records and what his laptop contains??? Can he go go back to a normal life now? we he be able to work in the same place with the same dignity and respect? Guess a big NO. Its not just the alleged crime but what follows tears apart the lives- his and his family.
    From: ayesha
    Posted: Aug 13, 2013 at 8:58 IST
  • The best way to rehabilitate Mr. Siddique is to restore him back to his service in HCL and pay his salary treating the ten months interregnum as on duty. The Maharashtra government should give an unconditional apology for the tremendous inconvenience causes to him and his family.
    From: T.Sathyamurthi
    Posted: Aug 13, 2013 at 7:46 IST
  • Now what about his future? who is responsible?
    From: ask
    Posted: Aug 13, 2013 at 6:50 IST
  • I am honest fighter against terrorist and terrorist religions but when i read such news i get shattered. Will the government take any responsibility?
    From: Kiran Maddu
    Posted: Aug 13, 2013 at 5:53 IST
  • Police has to make sure that no Innocent man is ever prosecuted, whatever religion he or she comes from. Everyone wishes to know the true faces of those who were responsible for the Gokul chat and Lumbini park blasts. Its good the Mr. Siddiqui was released in 10 months and not 10 years, hope he sets an example for the police to use better techniques in collecting evidence in the future, at the same time this should not dampen the investigation into the Dilshuknagar blasts that killed so many innocents.
    From: Aditya
    Posted: Aug 13, 2013 at 4:41 IST