Mumbai: Taking apparently tough notice
to the case of Malegaon 06’ blast accused
Abrar Ahmed’s nephew Aftab
Ahmad who was beaten by allegedly some plain-clothed officials of
the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad outside Byculla Central Jail,
state Home Minister Arif Naseem Khan has ordered ATS to probe into
According to media reports, the Home
Minister called acting ATS chief Pramvir Singh at his office and
ordered him to conduct a probe into the matter. Khan has promised
that tough action will be taken against the culprits.
On June 1 Advocate Jaleel Ahmed’s son
Aftab Ahmed had gone to meet his uncle Abrar lodged in Byculla
Central Jail in Nagpada, Mumbai. He was not allowed to meet him, and
when he came out of the jail compound, some plain-clothed ATS men
pounced on him and brutally beat him.
Abrar who was approver in the Malegaon
blast case turned hostile in April.
On behalf of his brother Abrar, Adv.
Jaleel had filed an affidavit in April wherein Abrar alleged that
some officials were pressurizing him to give testimony against the
accused in the case. In the affidavit he leveled serious charges
against Rajwardhan, then Superintendent of Police (Nashik Rural),
and few other police and Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) officials. He
alleged that SP Rajvardhan was involved in hatching the conspiracy
to implicate Muslim youths.
Soon after the affidavit, the police
allegedly started putting pressure on him and his family to turn him
approver again, alleged Adv. Jaleel and added that his son was
beaten just to pressurize the family.
On September 8, 2006 Malegaon was
shattered with a series of blasts at Bada Qabrastan and Mushawarat
Chowk on the day of Shab-e-Barat. The explosions claimed 31 lives
and injured more than 250 persons and were attributed to some
alleged SIMI outfit. The ATS arrested nine Muslim youths and imposed
MCOCA on them.
The Central Bureau of Investigation
(CBI) is conducting probe in the case. It is yet to submit its