Court acquits ex-AMU scholar in Sabarmati Express blast case

Barabanki/New Delhi
20 May 2017

Former Aligarh Muslim University scholar Gulzar Ahmed Wani will walk out of jail after 16 years with an Uttar Pradesh court today acquitting him of the charge of having orchestrated the Sabarmati Express blast in 2000 that claimed nine lives. Additional Sessions Judge in Barabanki, M A Khan freed 43-year-old Wani, a suspected Hizbul Mujahideen operative, and co-accused Mobin in the case due to lack of evidence, defence counsel M S Khan, who represented Wani, said over phone. Wani, who was arrested by Delhi Police in 2001 allegedly with explosives and incriminating materials, is a resident of Peeparkari area of Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) and is lodged in a jail in Lucknow. The blast was carried out on the eve of Independence Day near Kanpur when the train was on its way from Muzaffarpur to Ahmedabad, claiming nine lives and leaving several others injured. "The court of Additional Sessions Judge M A Khan acquitted both the accused of all the charges as the prosecution could not establish any of the charges levelled against them," the lawyer said. (PTI)