Rihai Manch observes Anti-Illegal Arrest Day

Lucknow: Rihai Manch, a Luckhnow based civil rights group is observing 16th December as “Anti-Illegal Arrest Day”, to mark the 6th anniversary of illegal arrest of Khalid Mujahid. The group is holding a meeting in this regard at its office here in the City to finalise the future course of action.

According to a press statement released by the Manch, on 16th December of 2007, Khalid Mujahid as abducted by the Special Task Force (STF) from Madiyahon in Jaunpur and later falsely shown arrested with explosives near Barabanki railway station. “And this was also verified by the Nimesh Commission,” added Advocate Mohd. Shoaib, Convenor of the Manch in the press statement.

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Khalid Mujahid, an accused in serial blasts that had rocked Lucknow and Faizabad courts in November 2007, was killed in mysterious circumstances in police custody on 16th May 2013 near Barabanki border while being escorted to Lucknow jail after a court hearing. Justice RD Nimesh Commission has questioned the police version of Mujahid’s arrest.

Findings of the Justice Nimesh Commission

“The arrest of Khalid Mujahid and Tariq Qasmi with objectionable items in the morning of 22nd Dec. 2007 in Barabanki looks doubtful and the statements of the witnesses of the prosecution cannot be believed fully,” said the commission in its report.

The commission recommended legal action against the officers who implicated the duo in the case. “Therefore, it is recommended that the officers and staff who played key role in the conspiracy and thus violated the laws should be identified and legal actions should be taken against them.”

However, the commission itself did not fix responsibility for the lapses on any particular officer citing the case being trailed in court.

“The above case is pending before the District Court, Barabanki, so at this level we cannot fix responsibility on any person involved in the incident,” said the commission.

The Commission also made 12 recommendations to the state government to check recurrence of such incidents.

“In a terror case, a gazetted officer out of Police department should be made witness to recovery,” recommended the commission.

“Interrogation of the accused should be recorded on video,” is another recommendation.

“Special Courts should be set up to hear such cases,” recommended the commission.

To read full text of the report, click here

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