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Jehovah’s  Witnesses (JW)  cancels  its  scheduled  prayer meets for the time being

By  our  Legal  Correspondent

Kochi, Nov 02  (IVC)  The  Jehovah’s Witnesses   sources  here  said  that  the organization had decided  to cancel  its  scheduled  prayer  meetings for  the  time  being.

                It  was  attributed  to   the  impact  of  the bomb blasts  at its prayer meeting at nearby  Kalamassery  Convention Centre on October 29  though  the accused surrendered  before  the  police  on Sunday itself and confessed  the  crime.

                Maartin V D   the accused  in the bomb blast case on Oct 31 remanded  in judicial custody till  November  29,  the official  sources said. 

                Martin  informed the     Principal District  and Sessions  Court  here  that  he  would  argue  his   case  as the party  in person  and declined  to  receive  legal aid  by the  State.  Though  a lawyer engaged  by the  Kerala State  Legal  Service  Authority  was  present in the  court and the accused  said  he  wanted  to  present his case in his  voice.

                The  judge, Honey  M  Varghese asked  the  accused  whether  he  had   any  complaints against  the  police.  The  court  also  informed  him  that  the  State  was  willing to  provide  him with  legal  assistance if  he  had  financial   constraints  to  engage a lawyer .  Martin, however affirmed that he  would  argue  his case  in the  court.

The  police  brought  the accused to  the  court  by  1900 hours  on Oct  31,  after  completing  the day’s  investigation.  The accused  was  made   to wear a face  mask while  being presented in  the  court  as  the  police  wanted  to  protect the  identity of  the  accused for completing  the  investigation proceedings including  his  identification parade.

                The  accused  was remanded  in the district  jail at Kakkanad  on  a  request  from  the  police.

                The  police  may  seek the custody  of  the  accused  in  the  coming  days.                 Meanwhile,  the  special  investigation team  (SIT) probing  the  multiple  blasts  recorded  components used  by  Martin  to  manufacture the improvised  explosive  devices (IED) used  for  the explosion  from  the  terrace  of  his  house at  Athani nearby  Cochin International Airport  at  Nedumbassery  on October  31.

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