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Rashtriya Ulema Council demands SIT probe

The Azamgarh-based Rashtriya Ulema Council (RUC) has demanded constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the death of terror suspect Khalid Mujahid in police custody.

The Azamgarh-based Rashtriya Ulema Council (RUC) has demanded constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the death of terror suspect Khalid Mujahid in police custody.

“We are convinced that Khalid was murdered in a well-planned manner. We do not expect an impartial enquiry from the CBI or any other agency. As in the 2002 Gujarat riots case,the probe should be done by constituting an SIT,” said Maulana Amir Rashadi,president of RUC.

He said several police officers would be exposed as per the Nimesh Commission report. “They conspired to eliminate Khalid as he would be the testimony of their harassment,” he said.

Rashadi stressed that the Nimesh Commission report should be made public as it would establish that “our children are innocent”. “I am not saying that they will be released after the report but it will expose the claims of police,” Rashadi added. He also demanded that the 42 policemen booked after the death of Khalid be arrested immediately.

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Rashadi claimed that after Khalid’s death,he had a telephonic conversation with ADG (Law and Order) Arun Kumar and DGP Devraj Nagar to conduct the panchnama of the body in his presence. “But when I reached there,panchnama was already done. The witnesses were office-bearers of the Samajwadi Party (SP). It reflects that officials wanted to hide something,” he alleged.

He also rejected the post-mortem report of Khalid. “The post-mortem report states that there were no ante-mortem injuries. But I had clicked pictures of the body in Barabanki. Blood was oozing from the nose,there were several marks on his back,nails were blackened. It is strange that doctors did not find them,” Rashadi said,and released pictures of Khalid’s body to the media.

He also alleged that Mulayam had done little for Muslims. Taking a dig at various Muslim clerics and Cabinet minister Azam Khan,Rashadi said,“After Khalid’s death,Bukhari and Arshad Madani met Mulayam Singh Yadav but did not bother to visit Khalid’s house. Azam created a scene when he was detained at the airport in the US. Several Muslim clerics too came out in his support. They are all traitors of the Muslim community as none of them came forward for Khalid’s cause.”