It’s custodial killing: AMU teachers

Rejecting the government’s version of terror accused Khalid Mujahid’s death,the teachers at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) termed it as a “merciless case of custodial killing”.

Written by Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Published:May 21, 2013 2:35 am

Rejecting the government’s version of terror accused Khalid Mujahid’s death,the teachers at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) termed it as a “merciless case of custodial killing”. The teachers,under the aegis of AMU Teachers’ Association (AMUTA),also criticised the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) government for not fulfilling its poll promise of releasing innocent Muslim youths from jails. They also demanded compensation for Khalid’s family and suspension of police officers concerned.

The AMUTA is also planning to apprise Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of their sentiments during his proposed visit on May 28. Akhilesh is likely to visit the AMU campus for the first time on May 28 to attend the function of Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology.

“It is his proposed visit and we have not received any confirmation. If he comes we will surely meet him and submit our memorandum in this regard,” Aftab Alam,Secretary,AMUTA stated.

The AMUTA convened an emergency meeting of its executive committee on Monday and passed a resolution condoling the death of Khalid Mujahid. Teachers claimed that Khalid was falsely implicated in the 2007 serial blast case. “The executive committee rejected the police version of the story about his death,either from ‘heat wave’ to ‘heart attack’,and believed that it was not an act of custodial death but a brazen and merciless case of custodial killing,” Aftab Alam,Secretary,AMUTA stated.

AMUTA is the representative body of teachers in AMU numbering around 1,200. Its executive committee comprises 11 members who were present during the meeting on Saturday.

Alam also claimed that the postmortem report that has been provided by Khalid’s advocate to the media shows several marks of torture and serious injuries on the body of Khalid Mujahid.

”Despite being exonerated as per the report of Nimesh Commission that was leaked,Khalid Mujahid was not released. The SP government has failed to fulfill its poll promise,” Alam stated.

The executive committee,in its resolution,also demanded immediate suspension of police officers behind Khalid’s arrest,a thorough and time-bound CBI inquiry into his death,and adequate compensation to his family.

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