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The Curious Case of Khalid Mujahid

The death in police custody of accused Khalid Mujahid has been the subject of much consternation

Written by Seema Chishti | Published: May 31, 2013 3:50:57 am

The Curious Case of Khalid Mujahid

The death in police custody of accused Khalid Mujahid has been the subject of much consternation. Rashtriya Sahara,in its editorial on May 23,writes: “The murderous attack by some lawyers in Lucknow on Mohammad Saleem,a lawyer defending Khalid Mujahid,who died in police custody… was shameful,and not only an open demonstration of violation of law. They have committed a crime against the Indian Constitution and action should be taken against them. The death of Khalid Mujahid remains a puzzle. Nobody believes the police’s story. The police says that Khalid Mujahid was already sick. If so,has the police any record of a previous ailment?”

Jamia Millia professor Akhtarul Wasey in his column in Inquilab on May 30 writes,“the question arises,why,when the release of Khalid Mujahid was near,was he so eliminated? It is possible that the concerned police officials could have been prosecuted. Is it a case of where he was removed from the scene to save themselves from punishment?” He levels a more serious charge: “the issue is not merely Mujahid’s. Ever since the SP has assumed power in UP,such things are happening against Muslims”.

Jamaat-e-Islami’s Daawat,in a commentary on May 25,quoted Mujahid’s senior lawyer,Randhir Suman,who made a direct allegation against the police: “Following the Nimesh Commission report,it was proven that the arrest… was made on false premises. Thus,action against the then DIG and his team was inevitable. Therefore,a conspiracy was hatched and he was murdered.” Sahafat,in an editorial on May 23,writes: “It is necessary to mention that the Bar Association of Faizabad has cancelled the registration of the three lawyers who pleaded for Mujahid. Was due process followed in this case? Were the concerned lawyers issued notices?”

Tackling Naxal Terror

The Urdu press continues to use the phrase Naxalite and not Maoist in almost all its reports. Commenting on the recent attack by Maoists in Chhattisgarh resulting in the deaths of and serious injuries to many senior Congress leaders,Qaumi Salamati,in its editorial on May 27,writes: “The path of violence and killings chosen by Naxalites… is not correct from any angle. On the one hand,they level allegations against the government machinery of violation of citizens’ rights,excesses and atrocities. On the other hand,they are savagely killing innocent persons. One fails to understand this logic… The government has failed miserably in checking the expansion of the net of Naxalism because it is undecided whether a solution to this problem should be found with the help of the army or not.”

Rashtriya Sahara,in an editorial on May 28,writes: “The question is rightly being asked is that if the state government could make tight arrangements for the security of one of its leaders (Narendra Modi),was it not its duty to ensure the security of leaders of other parties? If such an incident had occurred in a non-BJP ruled state,the party would have moved heaven and earth.”

Jadeed Khabar,in its editorial on May 27,writes: “A few months ago the officials of the Union home ministry had claimed before a parliamentary committee that Naxalites in Chhattisgarh have been weakened and are being hotly pursued… [this attack,a few months after the home ministry’s claim,raises many questions regarding the actual situation on the ground.”

Cricket’s Greatest Scandal

Commenting on the spot-fixing and betting case in the Indian Premiere League,the daily Siasat,in its editorial on

May 18,writes: “The recurrence of incidents of match-fixing is quite regrettable. If the culprits of match-fixing incidents had been given stringent punishment in the past,the blot of fixing would have been eliminated by now. The government and cricket administrators did not take firm steps to control crimes of this nature.”

In a front-page signed editorial on May 27,former Samajwadi Party leader and editor of Delhi-based weekly Nai Duniya,Shahid Siddiqui,writes: “Now,police,government and the media are jointly trying to cover up this despicable scandal. Efforts are being made to save the big fish by arresting some small fish. Both the Congress and the BJP are conspiring to put a veil on this crime.”

Compiled by Seema Chishti

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