By Our Legal Correspondent
Kochi, Oct 30 (IVC) The contentions of the bombs planter Dominic Martin at Kalamassery near here yesterday was retaliation against’ anti-national activities’ of Jehovah’s Witnesses could not be taken into face value, according to senior criminal legal experts here.
That Martin’s confession before the police taking the responsibility of planting bombs at Kalamassery was following unwillingness of the JW to stop ‘antinational activities’ giving heed to his advice was an “anticipatory bail” to mitigate the seriousness of the felony committed by him killing three persons and injuring more than 50 persons who participated at the prayer meeting at the Kalamassery convention Centre, legal experts said.
No Central or State Government investigating agencies have found that JW were working against the nation. If he found that JW was going ahead with the anti-national activities , why not did he bring to the notice of the CBI, NIA and other Investigating agencies? It is a rational question before the investigating agencies. It was not the proper retaliation to plant bombs at the organization’s prayer meeting.
The accused was an active follower of JW of over 16 years. He is a well-educated man and teaching at the Spoken English classes at Kochi for some years. Following COVID-19 pandemic , classes for spoken English were closed and left for Gulf seeking fortune and he easily secured a Foreman’s job in a construction company.
He came back to Kochi on leave two months ago and started the work of making, according to his confession before the police. The accused knew well the consequences of killing innocents by planting bombs at JW prayer meet which amounted to a felony.
There is every reason one to believe that Martin alone could not be executed destructive act and there would be some other people’s assistance in this regard. His irrational statement that JW held ‘anti-national ‘ activities was to escape the other accomplices and hoodwink the investigating agencies.
The investigation into the bomb blast at Kalamasery would be extended to the Arabian Gulf where the accused Dominic Martin was employed and his life and antecedence there, the legal experts said. IVC Ckh Kci