Tripura Muslim man arrested for 2005 IISc shooting acquitted by special NIA court after 4 years

Tripura Muslim man arrested for 2005 IISc shooting acquitted by special NIA court after 4 years

June 28, 2021

New Delhi / Bengaluru : Mohammed Habeeb Miya, 35, resident of Agartala Tripura was released on 14 June after spending 4 years in jail. Habeeb was arrested under stringent UAPA in March 2017, he was lodged at Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara Jail for over 4 years.

While the entire case is being investigated and is being heard in court, Muhammad Habib Mian has been acquitted by a special NIA court in Bangalore.

While talking to Muslim Mirror, Habeeb said that he was falsely accused and jailed for a case, which he knows nothing about. “Four years of my life have been wasted, my father died of a heart attack, and the troubles at home continued to grow,” Habeeb said.

“The trail ran for 4 long years, I had nothing to do with the case, I’m a common man who knows nothing about the case,” Habeeb said. He added that many others like him’ve spent more time behind the bars for no reason.

Bengaluru-based prominent lawyer Advocate Mohammed Taher Mohammed fought the case for Habeeb Miya. While talking to Muslim Mirror, Advocate Taher said that no evidence was to found against Habeeb. “Considering these things, the court discharged him(Habeeb) on June 14,” he said.

“This is for the first time in Indian history that an accused booked under UAPA has been discharged after no evidence was found in the police documents,” Advocate Taher added.

Bangalore Police has charged the accused under sections 120-B, 121,121-A, 122,123,307,302 of the Penal Code of India, Section 25,27 of the Arms Act, Section 6 of the Explosives Act, and Section 10 of the Prevention of Illegal Activities Act. 13,16,17,18,20 and was charged with involvement in terrorism.

IISC attack

On December 28, 2005, a shooting took place at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore. Prof. Munish Chandra Puri of IIT Delhi was killed while four others were injured after two or more unidentified gunmen fired at Puri and others. The state government of Karnataka had declared the shooting to be a terrorist attack, making it the first such attack in Bangalore.

After the attack, the Karnataka police had said that identified the attackers as belonging to a cell of the Pakistan-based outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Six people were convicted in December 2011 and several others are at large including the shooter. However, no organisation claimed responsibility for the attack.


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