Official of the district administration faced stiff resistance from the family of terror suspect Mohsin Chaudhary when they went to attach the latter’s house at Manisha Complex in Mitha Nagar area of Kondhwa on Thursday. The family claimed that they were being wrongly targeted and that they were not given any prior notice about the attachment order issued by a special court of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi. The officials, however, managed to seal the property after five hours.
Mohsin, an alleged Indian Mujahideen operative, is wanted in many terror cases, including the German Bakery blasts of February 2010. He has been missing since 2008. His brother Akbar Choudhary, also alleged to be an IM operative, was arrested in 2008.
Mohsin’s wife, two schoolgoing children, parents and two brothers were living in the house. The family said they were “shattered” by the sudden action that rendered them homeless.
The family members said they came to know about the order only on Wednesday evening when some government officials came to their house, asking them to look for a new place as they would be attaching this apartment on Thursday as per the NIA court’s order.
After the special NIA court passed the attachment order on March 6, the NIA apparently handed over a letter to the district collectorate on March 11, requesting the officials to attach Mohsin’s property. However, the action was initiated only after top NIA officers reminded the district collector about it around four days ago. The NIA is supposed to submit a compliance report to the court on March 29. So, it was necessary to take the “sudden” action, said the district administration.
“Asking the family to leave the house is gross violation of human rights. Mohsin is not the only owner of the property. It was jointly purchased by Nasreen. The joint owner is paying the installments for home loan taken from Ratnakar Bank. So, we prayed to the court not to attach the property and if attached, it may kindly be restored to the applicant (Nasreen). But the application was not heard today,” said
The officials claimed that the family might have failed to represent themselves before the court passed the order for attachment of property.
Activist Azar Tamboli said: “Legal ignorance may be to blame, but asking the family, including children and senior citizens, to leave home all of a sudden is harassment. They are innocent. If they had got some time, they would have explained their side to the court or
made some arrangements for themselves.”