UP blast accused dies on way to jail,govt wanted to drop case against him

But on May 10,a court in Barabanki rejected the government's plea.

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow | Published: May 19, 2013 3:26:46 am

An accused in the 2007 serial blasts in Lucknow and Faizabad courts,Khalid Mujahid,died mysteriously on Saturday while returning to Lucknow district jail after attending court proceedings at the Faizabad prison.

On May 3,the UP government had sought that charges against the 30-year-old and another alleged HuJI operative,Tariq Qasmi,be withdrawn. But on May 10,a court in Barabanki rejected the government’s plea.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered an inquiry into Khalid’s death by a team that includes the home secretary.

Khalid was declared brought dead at the district hospital in Barabanki,after he reportedly fainted in a police van on way to Lucknow. Khalid’s family accused the police of killing him,and demanded a judicial inquiry and CBI investigation.

IG (Law and Order) R K Vishwakarma said the cause of death was not yet known. An autopsy on Sunday will be videographed.

The Lucknow jail administration has also requested the Lucknow district judge to conduct a judicial inquiry.

Khalid’s uncle Zaheer Alam Falahi alleged that he was killed by his police escorts. “It was their duty to ensure his security,” he said. From Jaunpur,Khalid used to be a madarsa teacher. He is survived by his wife and mother.

Khalid was lodged in the Lucknow district jail along with co-accused Qasmi,Sajjadur-Rehman and Mohammad Akhtar. Jail Superintendent Dadhiram said Khalid was fit when he left the jail on Saturday morning for Faizabad. His Faizabad counterpart S K Maitrey also certified that Khalid did not have any health issues when he left after the court hearing.

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