The Bombay High Court Monday directed that a special investigation team (SIT) be set up under the Joint Director of CBI (Chhattisgarh) to probe the allegations of murder of suspected LeT terrorist Shaikh Abdul Naeem Karim. Karim was also accused in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case.
A division bench of Justices N H Patil and P D Naik was hearing a petition filed by Naeem’s mother Qamar Nasreen Karim, refuting Chhattisgarh police’s claims that Naeem had absconded, and alleging that he was killed in custody.
The High Court directed the Director General of Police (Chattisgarh) and the chief of ATS, West Bengal and Maharashtra, to assist the Joint Director of CBI (Chhattisgarh) in tracing the whereabouts of Naeem and finding out if he is alive or not. The SIT has been asked to submit its report by October 24. According to the Chhattisgarh Police, Naeem escaped from custody when he was being brought to Mumbai so he could be produced before a special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court in connection with the 2006 Aurangabad Arms haul case.
However, Nasreen in her petition has alleged that her son was killed in custody and sought a CBI probe in the case.
Naeem, a resident of Aurangabad, was earlier in the custody of the Bengal Armed Force. While he was being brought to the Mumbai court from the Dum Dum prison in West Bengal by the Howrah-Mumbai Express on August 25, 2014, he allegedly managed to escape from the running train near Raigarh railway station. The authorities say Naeem jumped off somewhere between the Kharsiya and Sakti stations at about 5.45 am. Seven police personnel were escorting him.