Accused Al Badr militant alleges abuse,calls for inquiry

In yet another twist to the Al Badr case,a city court has sought a report from the Tihar Jail superintendent after Irshad Ali,an accused in the case,alleged that he was beaten up by some inmates inside the jail premises.

Written by Ayesha Arvind | New Delhi | Published: February 7, 2009 12:32:40 am

In yet another twist to the Al Badr case,a city court has sought a report from the Tihar Jail superintendent after Irshad Ali,an accused in the case,alleged that he was beaten up by some inmates inside the jail premises.

In an application submitted on Friday before Additional Sessions Judge S K Gautam,Irshad claimed he had been “thrashed” by two convicts,Ashok and Sonu,near Jail number three on Thursday evening. He further alleged in his complaint that some special cell officers might have been behind the attack.

Irshad,who was picked up along with his cousin Moarif Qamar by the Special Cell in 2006,also demanded an inquiry. Demanding “protection”,Irshad also said footage of the attack that might have been recorded in CCTV cameras inside the prison premises,should be preserved for the purpose of the inquiry.

He told the court that the incident might be a consequence of the letter he had written to the Prime Minister on February 4,in which he had appealed that necessary steps be taken against the police who were allegedly threatening him to withdraw the case.

Taking note of his application,ASJ Gautam has asked the jail superintendent to file a report in the matter on Monday. When contacted by Newsline,prison authorities however,denied the incident. Sunil Gupta,Law Officer,Tihar Jail,dismissed the incident as a “minor scuffle” between inmates that was “soon brought under control”.

Meanwhile,the court also rejected an application moved by defence counsel Sufian Siddiqui,seeking permission to meet the accused. The Special Cell had arrested Irshad and Qamar in February 2006 from Kashmere Gate at ISBT. However,the CBI,in its report submitted in November last year,had stated that no evidence had been found against the two.

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