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Maha pro-active police implicates innocents

Mumbai: Having acquired notoriety for falsely implicating innocent Muslims again and again the Maha police tried to implicate many more. In two such cases documentary proof of their absence from the Azad Maidan violence has been provided.

Aslam Ali (19) son of a businessman Ahmad Shaikh was arrested for his alleged involvement in the Azad Maidan violence. Ahmad Shaikh submitted CCTV clippings to prove that on 11 August the accused was at home. “I have submitted 13 CDs and photographs of the society to claim that Aslam was very much at his house when the riots broke out at Azad Maidan.” Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime) promised, “If he is proved innocent we will release him.”

In another instance Syed Khalid Ashraf, a cleric whose name is included among the 17 people against whom FIR has been lodged, claimed that he was at Mecca for Umrah. He substantiated his claim by submitting the arrival and departure entries on his passport. He left on 5 August and returned on 13 Aug. while the riot took place on 11 August. His name was given by an informer and his name would be dropped after verification 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2012 on page no. 14

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