Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi on Friday claimed there was danger of Muslim youth taking up guns in reaction to police brutality. Azmi was speaking at a function he had organised for Muslim youth recently discharged in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case.
Azmi said ATS officers should face legal consequences for trying to falsely implicate innocent persons. “The state needs to be careful that young men are not forced to take up the gun in reaction to brutality of police,” said Azmi at a meeting called by Milli Tehreek. The meeting was called to seek justice and compensation for Muslim youth discharged by a special MCOCA Court from charges of planning and carrying out the 2006 Malegaon blast.
“I demand that all these police officers who brutalised these men in lock-up are punished. The then ATS chief K P Raghuvanshi had once said if these Malegaon accused were ever found innocent, he was ready to face punishment. I ask him today, he should remain true to his words and be ready to face justice,” Azmi said.
During the meeting, some of the youth discharged spoke about their experience and the brutality they faced in custody.
“The ATS tortured me non-stop for 48 straight days. They used to tie us up and hit us on soles of our feet. They threatened to bring our women and degrade them in front of our eyes if we did not confess,” Noorul Hudda Shamshudduha said.
Raees Ahmed claimed the ATS staff celebrated the day he signed the confession letter. “They beat me up for a one whole month and partied the day I signed the confession under duress. Soon after I signed, one of the police officers came up to me and said ‘Tumhari na hi bomb banane ki na hi bomb lagane ki aukat hai’,” Raees Ahmed Mansuri said.
Another pointed out how police would massage him with oil a day before they were to be presented for a medical check up or in front of courts.
“They opened the gates of hell for me for 28 straight days. They would stop hitting me only a day before I was supposed to be taken for a check up or to court. That day, they would massage us with oil and offer us haldi in our food to help us hide our marks. The thrashing would begin as soon as the check up ended and we returned,” Mohammed Zahid Ansari said.