A court in Maharashtra acquitting the three accused, who were facing terror charges, said that no person can be declared a terrorist by simply using the word “jihad”.
The court of Akola-based Special Judge AS Jadhav heard this remark while hearing a case against three accused under the Prevention of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), Arms Act and Bombay Police Act.
The case was registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code against Abdul Razzak (24), Shoaib Khan (24) and Salim Malik (26), in which 307 (attempt to murder) and 332 (preventing public servant from doing his duty). To hurt) are included. On September 25, 2015, on the occasion of Eid-e-Zoha, there was an attack on policemen outside a mosque in Pusad area of Akola in the state. After which these three were arrested.
According to the prosecution, Razzaq reached the mosque, pulled out a knife and attacked two policemen present on duty and said before the attack that because of the ban on beef, he would kill the police.
Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) claimed that the accused were part of a conspiracy to influence Muslim youths to join terrorist organizations.
Jadhav said, “It appears that the accused Razzaq has expressed his anger by the violence against the government and some Hindu organizations for the ban on cow slaughter.”
He said, “There is no doubt that he used the word ‘jihad’. But it is not logical to reach the conclusion that to use the word ‘jihad’ only he should be declared a terrorist.”
He said, according to the dictionary, the word ‘jihad’ literally means “conflict”.
The judge said, “Jihad is an Arabic word which literally means enterprise or struggle … so only the accused will not be able to use the word ‘jihad’ to declare him a terrorist.”