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Wife of blast accused alleges torture, harassment by Mumbai police

Tuesday March 12, 2013 01:04:05 PM, & Agencies

Mumbai: Even as questions are being raised in the Parliament, and by the National Minorities Commission and Press Council Chief over the police harassment of the Muslims in the name of fighting terror, the wife of a Govandi resident accused in the 7/11 Mumbai train blasts submitted a letter to the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court on Monday, alleging physical and mental torture by police officers.


President of Jamiatul Ulema Maharashtra Gulzar Azmi said the Jamiat would file a case against the police if action was not initiated against those named in the letter.


Saeedun-Nissa (42), wife of Mohammad Ali - an accused in the 2006 Mumbai train blasts, alleged that the police officers of Shivaji Nagar used to visit her house at will and whenever any terror attack would take place in any part of the country, and asked irrelevant questions and harassed her and her children.


"They know that I am living in my house with my children alone. Still they come anytime and even during nights and harass us. They were never accompanied by the women constables", she wrote in the 12-page letter written in Hindi, a copy of which is available with


The copies of the letter have also been sent to the special MCOCA judge Y D Shinde, the National Commission for Women, and the human rights commission.


Saeed un-Nissa has named the officer as Shailesh Gaekwad and two others as her tormentors.


"On one occasion, my 12-year-one son Sohail was slapped by Gaekwad", she wrote in the letter.


She said her husband Mohammad Ali was a bead-seller who became a target of the cops after he complained about a gambling den near the couples house in Shivaji Nagar.

She urged the chief justice to direct the state not to harass her.


She claimed that because of the torture and questioning of the investigating agencies she was suffering from various diseases which include diabetes and high blood pressure.


Demanding the presence of women constables outside her house and monetary compensation for the medical treatment she had to undergo because of police torture, the woman demanded an inquiry against the ATS officers.


Meanwhile, Jamiatul Ulema Maharashtra says it would file a case in the Mumbai high court if an action is not taken immediately.


"We will wait for few days to see what action is taken on the allegations leveled by Saeedun Nisa against the officers she has named in her letter.


"If suitable action is not taken, we will file a case in the court requesting its intervention", President of Jamiatul Ulema Maharashtra and Secretary Legal Cell Gulzar Azami said while talking to




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