RAWALPINDI - Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Rawalpindi No 2 Thursday released six accused who were arrested on charges of possessing suicide jackets and explosive materials in July last year from the area of Police Station (PS) New Town. ATC special judge Baqir Ali Rana acquitted the accused Shafiqur Rehman a resident of Mardan, Syed Abdul Majid, Syed Abdul Saboor and Syed Abdul Basit all three brothers belonging to Lahore, Muhammad Mazharul Haq alias Ahmed alias Jani a resident of Islamabad and Niaz Ahmed alias Dr Saqib alias Akhtar a resident of Rawalpindi on charges of keeping banned explosives. It is pertinent to mention that the same accused are also being tried in the case of suicide attack on the bus of a sensitive department outside Hamza camp. As per details, New Town police had claimed that on a tip off, six men were arrested on July 1 2008 from the area behind the Rawalpindi Arts Council and police recovered three suicide vests from the custody of Niaz, Mazhar and Shafiq besides five different kinds of detonators and other explosive materials. The accused were planning to carry out attacks on important personalities in the country, the police had alleged. A case was registered against them on July 1 under Sections 4 and 5 EA, 120-B PPC and 7 ATA against the accused. Separately, the court dropped terrorism charges against nine men arrested from a house allegedly used by them for planning terrorist attacks in the city and explosive material was recovered from them. The court referred the case against the accused Muhammad Ilyas alias Qari Jamil a resident of Chakwal, Muhammad Rizwan alias Shamasul Haq resident of Karachi, Dr Abdul Razzaq resident of Lahore, Faisal Ahmed Khan a resident of Bhakar, Zeeshan Jalil alias Khizar a resident of Karachi, Muhammad Sarfaraz alias Muhammad Khan a resident of Karachi, Muhammad Naeem Shakir alias Zubair a resident of Sheikhupura, Muhammad Nadeem alias Babu Salahud Din a resident of Rawalpindi and Osama bin Waheed alias Hadayat Ullah a resident of Bhakar to district and sessions judge for their trial by an ordinary court. Sadaar Berooni police had claimed that the accused were arrested from a house in Dhoke Lakhan near Dhamial Aviation base on January 29 with explosive materials and hate literature.