Death of UP blast accused: Top cops among 42 named

A case of murder and conspiracy has been registered at the City Kotwali police station of Barabanki.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: May 19, 2013 6:12:08 pm

Even as the Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday sought a CBI probe into the mysterious death of Khalid Mujahid,an accused in the 2007 serial blasts in Lucknow and Faizabad courts,an FIR has been lodged against 42 people,including some senior police officers and Intelligence Bureau (IB) officials.

Among those named are retired Uttar Pradesh DGP Vikram Singh,former ADG (Law & Order) Brij Lal,former Additional SP of the Special Task Force (STF) Manoj Kumar Jha and Deputy SP Chiranjeev Nath Sinha.

A case of murder and conspiracy has been registered at the City Kotwali police station of Barabanki following the complaint filed by Mujahid’s uncle,Zaheer Alam Falahi,under IPC sections 302 and 120-B.

While Brij Lal is currently posted as DG,Civil Defence Headquarters,in Lucknow,Manoj Kumar Jha is posted as SP (City) Faizabad,and Chiranjeev Nath Sinha,then circle officer of Chowk area in Lucknow,is posted at the Police Training School at Gorakhpur. Sinha was the investigating officer in the Lucknow court blast case before it was transferred to ATS.

Mujahid died on Saturday while returning to the Lucknow district jail after attending court proceedings. He was declared brought dead at the district hospital in Barabanki,after he reportedly fainted in a police van on the way to Lucknow.

Earlier,the state government had sought to withdraw the charges against the 30-year-old and another alleged operative of the HuJI,Tariq Qasmi. But a local court in Barabanki rejected the government’s plea on on May 10.

In his complaint,Falahi has alleged that Mujahid was falsely implicated in the blasts case. He has said that Mujahid was picked up from Jaunpur district on December 16,2007,but the STF claimed that he was arrested from Barabanki on December 22,2007. Falahi has said the police also showed false recovery of explosives from Mujahid’s possession.

Falahi has further claimed that the R D Nimesh commission,which was set up by the state government to probe the case,found that Mujahid had been falsely implicated. Based on the panel’s findings,the state government had sought to withdraw the charges against Mujahid,he said.

Alleging that there was an earlier attempt to kill Mujahid,Falahi has claimed that he was killed on Saturday “as a part of the pre-planned conspiracy”.

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