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Published On:20 July 2011
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

SDPI deplores custodial death of Usmani in Mumbai Blasts Case, demands CBI probe

By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) has vehemently deplored the role of Maharashtra Police in particular and the investigating agencies in general vis-à-vis the recent three bomb blasts in Mumbai. The worst fears of the party have come true with the custodial death of Faiz Usmani, who died after being detained for suspected links with the July 13 bomb attacks. It has demanded CBI inquiry into the death of Usmani and severest punishment to the erring police officials who are found responsible for the custodial death after the inquiry.

The SDPI national president E. Aboobacker in a statement decried the alleged pressure tactics employed by police along with torture to elicit information from Usmani which resulted in his tragic death. Though the police have maintained that Usmani died due to brain hemorrhage owing to hypertension as he was off medication for the past few days, but his family has charged that he died because he was tortured by police. They alleged that Usmani had no history of hypertension and was not on any medication.

Mr. Aboobacker recalled SDPI while condemning the July 13 Mumbai blasts soon after the incident had cautioned that before anything is established conclusively and hard facts and clues point out to some definite conclusions the investigative agencies, political outfits and the media should restrain themselves from floating conjectures and speculations just on the basis of suspicion.

He lamented that despite it being known that many a affiliates of Sangh Parivar in the past have been found to be involved in bomb blasts in Malegaon, Makkah Masjid, Ajmer Dargah and Samjhauta Express the investigating agencies have turned a blind eye towards them and turned the needle of suspicion towards Muslim community. Having learnt no lessons in neutrality, objectivity and professionalism in their work these agencies instead of following all leads, the Mumbai blast is being probed on dotted lines. It is disgusting to note that investigating agencies are interrogating several Muslims already in jail for months and years in connection with some earlier terror blasts like Ahmadabad and Delhi. Not only this, their friends and family members are being picked and arrested for interrogation, the statement said.

The statement stated that vastly circulated daily "Times of India" dated July 16th 2011, came out with a list of groups, which were involved in terror activities in India. The list contained organizations like Lashkar-e-Taiba, SIMI, Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islami (a Bangladesh based outfit) and the so-called Indian Mujahideen. Given the impact of the attacks perpetrated by these organisations, the list conspicuously missed the name of Abhinav Bharat, whose members were arrested for their involvement in the 2007 Samjhauta Express bombings, and the list also did not include organisations behind terror attacks like the 2007 Ajmer Sharif blast, 2006 Malegaon blasts, and the 2008 Malegaon & Modasa bombing. One look at these discrepancies and the method of reporting gives the insight that groups like TOI have taken the initiative of 'educating' the masses that all terror activities in this country is a case of “Islamic terrorism”.

Mr. Aboobacker pointed out that Samjhauta Express blast was executed on the eve of Indo-Pak talks in 2007. The latest serial blasts in Mumbai have been executed around the time when again India and Pakistan were scheduled to revive bilateral dialogue that was blocked after the 26/11 Mumbai attack in November 2008.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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