condemning the state government’s decision to reinstate KP
Raghuvanshi as ATS Chief, Muslim leaders in Malegaon demanded from
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan to revoke his government’s decision.
“We have no
faith left in Raghuvanshi. The decision to reinstate him as ATS
Chief should be revoked forthwith”, said Maulana Ab Hameed Azhari.
He was speaking to ummid.com after addressing a rally organized on
Friday June 19 in the evening to condemn the government’s decision.
his appointment over the crucial post has endangered the
continuation of the painstaking investigation carried by slain ATS
Chief Hemant Karkare exposing the hitherto hidden face of the
terrorists, Maulana Azhari said, “However by his reinstating to the
all important ATS Chief post only shows that the Government is
neither interested in justice to be done to the innocents nor is
sincere in fighting the terrorism.”
KP Raghuvanshi already had the
additional charge of ATS Chief ever since Hemant Karkare died in
26/11 Mumbai terror attack allegedly executed by the Pakistani
terrorists. While the state government was trying to find a suitable
substitue for the post, following a petition in the High Court, it
reinstated KP Raghuvanshi as ATS Chief upgrading the post to the
rank of Additional Director General.
Stating that earlier when Raghuvanshi was
the Chief of the ATS the real culprits were at large whereas it was
the innocents who were nabbed and still undergoing the trauma in
jails, Maulana Azhari said, “After the breakthrough
into the investigations carried by Hemant Karkare, serious questions
are now being raised over the investigations into all previous blasts.”
said, “We fear that if Raghuvanshi remains as ATS Chief, the
investigation into Bhikku Chowk would be derailed and the other
people including the local link would never be exposed to the
In reply to a
question why they don’t give Raghuvanshi a chance and discuss the
matter with him when he himself is proposing for a meeting, Maulana
Azhari said that they had already done so on more than one occasion
in the past, separately as well as in the presence of the erstwhile
Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh. “But nothing concrete came out of
those meetings”, he said.
after taking the charge of office had proposed to the people of
Malegaon to meet him in his office. “If anybody or people from
Malegaon have any problem they should come and meet me in my
office”, he has reportedly said while stating that the Police do not
arrest anyone on the basis of one’s religion or to please anyone.
addressing the rally organized by All Religious Sect Organisation of
Malegaon (Kul Jamaati Tanzeem) the speakers condemned the
government’s decision to restore KP Raghuvanshi to the post of State
ATS Chief and urged the government to reconsider its decision.
Wondering over the manner in which he has been reinstated on the
post, Maulana Husnain asked, “Is the government hands in glove with
a section in the country who do not want justice to prevail and who
are up in the arms to destabilize the country?”
Raghuvanshi as ATS Chief is not acceptable to us”, asserted the
speakers in the rally one after another.
KP Raghuvanshi was the ATS Chief when the blast occurred in Nanded
and fake beards and Muslim outfits were seized from the site,
Advocate Nehal Ansari said, “While the ATS was quick in applying
TADA and MACOCA on arrested Muslims, the culprits in Nanded blast
were applied with the sections that helped them get the release
order on bail.”
“We don’t have
any personal grudge against anyone. But it is Raghuvanshi’s earlier
tenure in the office that we have lost the faith in him”, Advocate
Nehal said while addressing the rally.
Meanwhile the Kul Jamaati Tanzeem
leaders received a shot in their arms when their decision to recall
from the post of ATS Chief saw an unexpected supporter from the
local MLA. Shaikh Rasheed, the Congress MLA from endorsed the Kul
Jamaati Tanzeem decision that condemns the appointment of KP
Raghuvanshi as ATS Chief and joined the chorus that demands to
revoke the Government order.