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A Documentary on Khalid Mujahid

New Delhi: It’s two months since the Jaunpur youth Khalid Mujahid died mysteriously in police custody in Uttar Pradesh. Now a Delhi-based Muslim news portal, muslimmirror.com, has released a documentary capturing the six years of a painful saga, from Khalid’s abduction by plainclothe policemen in December 2007 to his custodial killing in May 2013. It is the first-ever video on Khalid Mujahid whose abduction and death have shaken two governments in Uttar Pradesh and an indefinite dharna (sit-in) demanding justice for Khalid Mujahid and others being held in front of the assembly building in Lucknow has now crossed two months.

Mujahid died on 18 May, 2013. After the outcry, the Uttar Pradesh government announced a CBI probe into his death a day later but even two months later the probe has not even started. Hours after his death, the family of Mujahid filed an FIR naming top officials for his illegal abduction and custodial killing, but the state government has not even suspended the accused officers, let alone arrest them.

The 25-minute documentary has interviews with Mujahid’s uncle Maulana Zaheer Alam Falahi and his three lawyers including Adv. Mohammad Shoaib. Former Inspector General of Police Uttar Pradesh, SR Darapuri, in an exclusive interview, exposes the communal mindset of the police and security agencies. The documentary has unseen footage and images of Mujahid’s body before autopsy which clearly show his death was not natural.

The documentary, produced by the Impact Media Group, has been prepared in cooperation with the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos. The video may be wathed here: http://youtu.be/4cegWbjkCi0
(For more information, visit: http://muslimmirror.com/eng/a-heartrending-documentary-khalid-mujahid-from-abduction-to-custodial-killing/)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 August 2013 on page no. 13

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