Social organisations and activists on Monday held the state government responsible for the death of Khalid Mujahid even as Khalids lawyer alleged that the postmortem report did not mention various injury marks on Khalids body.
Khalid was an accused in the November 2007 serial blasts in Lucknow and Faizabad and Varanasi courts.
Mohammad Shoeb,Khalids lawyer and president of Rihai Manch,an organisation working for the release of innocent Muslims imprisoned in the name of terror,said the events surrounding Khalids death point to a planned criminal conspiracy with protection under the Samajwadi Party government.
I was with Khalid in Faizabad jail at 3.30 pm and he was healthy. What is important is that he was in kurta pajama in Faizabad but when his dead body was shown to his relatives,he was wearing a t-shirt and a lower,which he never wore. And even in his luggage,his kurta pajama were not there,which only shows that when the escort killed him,blood from his nose and neck spilled on his clothes. To hide the blood,they changed his clothes and hid the kurta pajama, he said.
On the post-mortem report,he said,There were injuries marks on his neck,face,elbow and back. There was also an injury mark on the thigh,but none of this is mentioned in the report. It only states that his nails and upper lip are black and mentions bleeding from his nose.
Shoeb also said Rihai Manch demands that all those police officials named in the FIR filed by Khalids uncle Zaheer Alam Falahi be immediately suspended and that his family be given Rs 1 crore as compensation.
Retired IPS officer and human rights activist S R Darapuri said that first it was the Mayawati government under whose administration Khalid and co-accused Tariq Qasmi were picked up and then the Samajwadi Party could not ensure a fair trial to the accused.
We never asked for the accused to be released under Article 321 of the criminal procedure code (CrPC),with the state government citing public interest and law and order as the reasons for their release. This would only make the accused live tainted lives. It was all an idea of the political parties,who came up with this promise to collect votes, said Asad Hayat,lawyer and general secretary of Awami Council for Democracy and Peace.
If the government really wanted to fulfil its poll promise of releasing those implicated in terror cases,it should have ordered reinvestigation of all cases post-2000. Regarding Khalid Mujahid and Tariq Qasmi,the state government should have first made the R D Nimesh Commission report public and then ordered re-investigation, he said.
Tahira Hasan,national vice-president,All India Progressive Womens Association (AIPWA),said Khalid and others were picked up merely on suspicion. It is all a game by political parties to preserve their vote banks. There is a need to change the mentality of the administration and the police,which has a questionable attitude towards a particular community. For this we will build public pressure, she said.
The bomb blasts continue to take place as the investigating agencies capture the innocent while the real culprits continue to run free, added Mohammad Sulaiman,president of Indian National League.
Lucknow-based advocate and human rights activist Risha Sayyed said: Had the Nimesh Commission report been made public,Khalid may have been alive today.