'Is this how justice is delivered?' Man whom Aseemanand confessed to in jail questions his acquittal

Kaleem said that Aseemanand approached him in jail over learning about his alleged role in 2007 blast in Hyderabad.

Sheikh Adbul Kaleem, the man whom Aseemanand had reportedly confessed to in jail about his role in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast has expressed shock over his acquittal.

Kaleem was 19-years-old when he was first picked up by the police in suspicion of his link with the terror attack.

Hyderabad Police had claimed that Kaleem was the supplier of RDX material used in the 2007 blast and also provided accused over 300 sim cards.

Lodged in Hyderabad's Chanchalguda Central Jail in 2010, Kaleem met Aseemanand in December the same year.

He said that Aseemanand approached him after learning about his alleged role in the 2007 blast.


"I remember the day very clearly. He had come back after his confession and he started telling me about how Ajmer, Mecca Masjid and other blasts that he and his associates had orchestrated," Kaleem recounted.

He reiterated, "I was sure he would get convicted. I never got bail until I got acquitted... Is this justice?"

Kaleem said that when the National Investigating Agency (NIA) was probing the case, they had taken his statement too.

"They were the kind of officers who seemed to bring the case to a positive conclusion. But since then the officers have changed and they are not even bothered about the case... I went all the way to Jaipur and Himachal Pradesh to depose as witness but all in vain. I can't help it now."

Sheikh Adbul Kaleem is now working with an MLA of his area in Hyderabad.

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