Monday, August 27, 2012

Fair probe sought into ‘cop assault on accused’

EVENING OF ANARCHY


Mateen Hafeez TNN


Mumbai: A socio-religious group, Jamiat-ul-Ulema, has sought a “fair inquiry” into the allegation that 23 Azad Maidan riots accused were assaulted on Friday evening inside Arthur Road jail. The group pointed out that similar claims of police brutality in the Mumbai prison have
been made in the past.
 
    Gulzar Azmi, general secretary of Jamiat’s legal cell, said, “We want a fair probe. Such things are unacceptable.” A magistrate court has demanded medical reports of the accused on Monday.
    The allegation was made
after families of some of the accused went to meet them on Saturday morning. According to a source, the kin were informed that “the jail staff beat up the accused”.
 
    Azmi noted that this is not the first time such claims have been made. On June 28, 2008, more than 37 accused—allegedly involved in the 11/7 train blasts, 2006 Malegaon blasts, the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case—were reportedly assailed by constables in Arthur Road jail. The case reached the Supreme Court, which has scheduled a final hearing on August 28. 
 
Constable back, but gets no work
C onstable Pramod Tawde, who is facing a departmental inquiry for presenting a rose to Raj Thackeray during the latter’s rally, resumed office on Saturday. He was, however, not assigned any work. Sources said aconstable from the wireless department had spotted Tawde near the stage 15 minutes before he approached Thackeray. “It is surprising that he dodged the protection party. He was not on bandobast duty that day,” the source said.  
 
Green passport still not traced T he police are yet to trace the purportedly Bangladeshi passport waved by Raj Thackeray at Azad Maidan during his speech last week. The MNS chief had claimed the document was found at the maidan after the August 11 riots. A senior police officer said on Sunday, “I was busy in bandobast outside the ground and hence don’t know about the passport. It must be with MNS party workers. I will have to make inquiries.”
Mateen Hafeez 




The Times of India, August 27, 2012

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