Kozhikode Twin Blasts: In Camera Trial Begins

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Kozhikode Twin Blasts: In Camera Trial Begins
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In camera trial proceedings in the Kozhikode twin blasts case, in which T Nazeer, a suspected LeT operative and prime accused in the 2008 Bangalore blast case, began today at the CBI Special court here.

National Investigation Agency, probing various terror related cases in Kerala, had sought in camera trial as a security measure, which was allowed by Special Court Judge S Vijay Kumar.

T Nazeer and Sarfraz Nawaz were among the accused present in court today when a crucial witness was examined.

NIA had filed a chargesheet in the case in August 2010, listing Nazeer as the first accused. He is also prime accused in the burning of a Tamil Nadu state owned bus at Kalamassery in 2005.

While one of the accused Fayaz, was killed in an encounter in Kashmir, another person Shammi Firoz turned approver.

Presently, there are six accused in the case.

The accused have been chargesheeted under various sections of IPC, including 120B (punishment of criminal consipracy), 124(A) (sedition), 153 (A) (promoting enmity between different groups) and Sect 3,4,5 of Explosive Substances Act.

Two policemen and a porter were injured in the bomb blasts on Mar 3, 2006. The first exploded in a garbage dump at the state transport bus stand and the second soon after at a drain near a moffusil bus stand.

NIA stated that some of them, also accused in the 2004 Marad case,were 'arbitarily' denied bail by Kozhikode district court and that they planted bombs as they wanted to retaliate and create communal disharmony between two communties.

The case was sequel to the riots in Marad coastal hamlet in May 2, 2003 which claimed the lives of eight fishermen. Five persons were killed in the riots in the village in 2004.

Meanwhile, NIA also sought cancellation of bail of accused in the Kalamassery bus burning case of Sept 9, 2005 in which a Tamil Nadu state transport owned bus was burnt.

Soofiya Madani, wife of PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani, an accused in the Bangalore blast case, is the 10th accused in the bus burning case and is now out on bail.
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