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Minister visits Khalid’s family,promises quick inquiries,justice

Minister of Horticulture and Food Processing Paras Nath Yadav said he was sent by the Chief Minister.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: May 28, 2013 12:22:50 am

A minister of the Akhilesh Yadav government for the first time visited the family of Khalid Mujahid in Jaunpur — more than a week after the alleged terror operative died in police custody.

Minister of Horticulture and Food Processing Paras Nath Yadav said he was sent by the Chief Minister.

Yadav assured Khalid’s family that inquiries ordered by the government into his death would be completed soon and no injustice would be done to the family.

The government has ordered a high-level inquiry by Secretary (Home) Rakesh and ADG Jawed Akhtar. A judicial inquiry,too,is being conducted by Chief Judicial Magistrate of Faizabad Akhilesh Kumar Pandey.

Mujahid’s uncle Zaheer Alam Falahi said he told the minister that they were upset with the government’s behaviour. He said he also told Yadav about their demands,which he said he will convey to the Chief Minister.

Falahi demanded that his nephew be given the status of a martyr as he was innocent.

“We also asked the minister that the government should investigate the statement of cabinet minister Azam Khan which he gave on May 13 to the media after the Barabanki court rejected the government’s plea to withdraw the case against his nephew. Khan had said they would file an appeal against the order and later in the court of God for justice. A week after his speech,my nephew died”,said Falahi.

“We feel there was a lack of interest by certain government officials as a result of which the government’s application to withdraw the case against Khalid was rejected by the court. We want investigation of these issues,” said Falahi.

He asked the minister if there was any direction from the government due to which no MLA or minister,including those belonging to the minority community,have spoken on Khalid’s death.

Falahi also told the minister that they were also hurt with the reported statement of the Chief Minister that Khalid died due to illness.

Falahi said the minister did not talk about the government’s decision of providing monetary relief of Rs 6 lakh to the family. “Since the minister did not talk on the matter,we also remained silent,” said Falahi,adding that they would respond to the government’s decision after it is officially conveyed.

Khalid’s cousin Mohammad Shahi said they demanded that the Nimesh Commission’s report be made public and action should be taken against officials named in the FIR lodged by them.

“Nine days have passed but no action has been taken against any official,they have not even been put under suspension. We also demanded that the government provide security to Tariq Qasmi and other persons booked on terror charges because their lives are also under threat. All persons booked on terror charges should be released immediately,” said Shahi.

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