Kashmiri scholar acquitted after spending 16 years in jail

New Delhi

Justice delayed justice denied. Former Aligarh Muslim University scholar from occupied Kashmir, Gulzar Ahmed Wani has been absolved of all charges by an Indian court framed against him 16 years ago in the Sabarmati Express blast in 2000.
An Uttar Pradesh court acquitted Gulzar Ahmed Wani of the charge of having orchestrated the train blast in 2000 that claimed nine lives.
Wani, who was arrested by Delhi Police in 2001, is a resident of Peeparkari area of Srinagar and is lodged in a jail in Lucknow. He was 28 years old then. The blast was carried out on the eve of Independence Day near Kanpur when the train was on its way from Muzaffarpur to Ahmedabad.
The blast is believed to be an act of extremist Hindus to as part of their long-drawn strategy to malign Muslims.—KMS

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