A report of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) has hinted that two suspected ISI agents, who are residents of Motihari and Sitamarhi, are known to Bihar Minority Welfare Minister Shahid Ali Khan. The state police headquarters, however, has given clean chit to the minister, saying the matter was investigated by Motihari and Sitamarhi police and found that the alleged suspects had no links with the minister. Khan said it was a malicious attempt to tarnish his image and those who wrote the report must be punished.
Bihar ADGP Ravindra Kumar confirmed that the SSB had passed on the information on two north Bihar residents with “ISI links having connections with the minister”. The SSB letter, written to Special Task Force of the Bihar Police, refers to the minister as Shahid Ali without his surname.
“The SSB wrote to STF last month, saying one Jamil Akhtar, a Sitamarhi resident, and Mansoor, a Motihari resident, had ISI links and knew the minister. But findings of Sitamarhi police said Jamil Akhar had a bicycle repair shop and was not known to the minister. Motihari SP also confirmed that Mansoor was a mason and also had no connection with the minister,” said Kumar.
Khan said: “It is an attempt to sully my clean image. It has become a fashion to tarnish image of a Muslim politician. It is not a question of me facing probe and getting hanged if found guilty, it is about fixing punishment for those who wrote the report if nothing came out of it.”