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'I was forced to sign on blank papers,' says Red Fort accused
Milli Gazette Online
New Delhi: Babar Mohsin Baghwala charged with conspiracy and harbouring Red Fort accused and alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba militant Ashfaq Ahmad told a Delhi court on January 11 that he was forced by the police to sign on blank papers which "falsely implicated" him.
Moving an application before additional sessions judge OP Saini, Baghwala said that he was forced to sign on blank papers at the Lodhi Colony police station by the police. He claimed that he did not meet Pakistani national Ashfaq and take him around the capital. He maintained that the investigating officer deliberately introduced him as Bilal Babar and adding that he is neither known as Bilal Babar nor it is his alias name. Baghwala said that the police did not recover anything from him.
In the previous hearings the prosecution had wheeled into the court a motorcycle with a canvas bag boot, saying they found a letter in Urdu written by Ashfaq to Baghwala before the incident, thanking him for his help during his stay in Delhi.
Baghwala denied the charges and said that his motorcycle did not have a boot and the letter was planted by the investigating officer as an evidence against him.
Two militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba had sneaked into the Red Fort on December 22, 2000 and opened indiscriminate fire on the guards of the 7th battalion of Rajputana Rifles stationed there leading to the death of three soldiers.
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