Uttar Pradesh Government today accepted the Nimesh Commission report which virtually let off two Muslim youths arrested in 2007 on terror charges,drawing flak from BJP and Congress which accused SP of treating Muslims as vote bank.
The report,along with the action taken report,will be tabled in Uttar Pradesh legislature during its monsoon session,Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav told newspersons after the document was accepted at the Cabinet meeting here.
In its 237-page report,the Nimesh Commission held the STF claim of arrest of Tariq Qasmi and Khalid Mujahid as “suspicious”,CPI leader Atul Kumar Anjaan claimed.
“On the basis of the facts,the arrest of so called accused Tariq Qasmi and Khalid Mujahid along with objectionable material on December 22,2007 at 6.20 AM appear to be suspicious and the statements of the witnesses cannot be believed totally,” says the report,Anjaan told PTI.
He said the report has raised a question mark on the functioning of the STF and has exposed its dark side.
Flaying the government for accepting the report,state BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said,”The government is not looking at things on merit but only acting with an eye on vote bank politics and today’s move is just another example of the appeasement policy.
“The report was handed over to the government in August last year but it did not act on it then….today it took the decision only under pressure of Mujahid’s family,” he said.
Congress termed as political drama the acceptance of the report by the UP cabinet.
“Had the intentions of the government been clear,it would not have waited for ten months in deciding to make the report public…they neither acted on it nor made it public though it was submitted in August last year,” its spokesman Dwijendra Tripathi said.
“The report proved that two accused were wrongly arrested by the then Mayawati government while the SP government,despite announcing that innocents would be released,took no legal initiative in this regard and kept the report under wraps for ten months,” he said,accusing both BSP and SP of treating Muslims as mere vote bank.
Qasmi and Mujahid,who died on May 28 while he was being brought back to Lucknow jail from the Faizabad court,were arrested in 2007 by the Special Task force of the UP police in Barabanki allegedly along with some explosives.
Following hue and cry by social activists,the then Mayawati government had constituted the Commission to probe into the allegations that the two Muslims youths were falsely implicated.
Samajwadi Party had promised in its manifesto for 2012 Assembly elections that if voted to power it will withdraw cases against Muslims booked under false charges.
Giving details of the report,Anjaan said in his affidavit to the Commission,Qasmi mentioned the involvement of the then DGP Vikram Singh,ADG law and order Brij Lal,SP of Sitapur Amitabh Yash in the conspiracy but the Commission has not put any official in the dock.
Qasmi has also alleged in the affidavit that on December 12,he was abducted by nine to ten people in a vehicle near the check post in Shankarpur Rani Ka Purva of Azamgarh district and brought to Lucknow where he was given third degree treatment and made to learn statements claiming himself to be a terrorist and also took signatures on a blank paper,Anjaan said.
Mujahid in his affidavit had alleged that he was picked up on December 16 from Madiyahon area of Jaunpur when he was returning from market. He had also said he was given inhuman treatment at an undisclosed place in Lucknow.
Anjaan said that later the STF had claimed that the two were arrested from near the Barabanki railway station.
Though,police claimed that Mujahid died because of illness,his family alleged that he was killed as his release would have put some senior police officer in trouble.
Mujahid’s family had also lodged case against 42 police officers,including former DGP,for implicating him in false charges and held them responsible for his death.
The state government has already referred the matter for CBI probe.
The government had also announced a compensation of Rs six lakh for Mujahid’s family,which refused to accept it seeking justice for innocent Muslims.