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hamaare liye jhoot bol do [English translation: Doctor, (please) lie for
By: Anand Holla
It's more of a letter bomb than a letter.
Dr Tanveer Ansari, one of the main accused in the Mumbai train blast case ― a man whose 'confessions' police claim have helped them get key conspirators ― has written a letter to the MCOCA court listing the methods used by the police to make him 'talk'.
Ansari alleges that ATS chief K P Raghuvanshi told him bluntly that the police knew he had no role in the blasts and then told him to lie to strengthen their case.
He also alleges that another officer tried to bribe him: saying he would be paid and taken care of if he memorised a statement that indicted him and stuck to it in court. Part of this happened in the presence of police commissioner A N Roy, says Ansari.
Ansari's letter was submitted to the MCOCA court on November 3. It is now part of court record, which means that the police will have to respond to it at the time of trial.
'We know you are innocent, but...'
Tanvir Ansari, one of the main accused in the July 11
train blasts, has submitted an eight-page letter to the
MCOCA court alleging that police officials investigating
the case asked him to lie.
“Doctor, hamaare liye jhoot bol do” were the words
used by ATS officers, according to Ansari. This is the
first letter that one of the 13 people accused in the case
has submitted to court.
Ansari was a practising Unani doctor and worked at Sabu
Siddique general hospital in Bhendi Bazaar at the time of
from Ansari’s letter, which was written in English:
When they realised that their harassment didn’t affect
me anymore, DCP (ATS) Naval Bajaj offered that if I
co-operate, I would be paid and taken care of in the
future. He added that if I refuse, they would torture and
implicate my family in the blasts case.
I was taken to the ATS head office and produced before
Commissioner A N Roy and Joint Commissioner (ATS) K P
Raghuvanshi. They told me, “Doctor, we know you are
innocent and have no connection with these blasts… But
until we find the main accused, we’ll have to keep you
On October 1, I was taken to Raghuvanshi’s office, where
he agreed that I didn’t have anything to do with the
blasts, but asked for my co-operation. He said he would
pay for the damage done.
He then told me, “Doctor, hamaare liye jhoot bol do (Lie
for us),” and proposed that I become an approver. I was
forced to sign papers in the DCP Zone-1 (preventive)
office, which I later came to know was my confession. When
I was produced before the magistrate on October 9, I
On July 20, crime branch unit 2 officers took me from my
hospital for enquiry. They realised that the Kurla police
had arrested me in September 2001 for connections with
I also told them that in May 2004, I had visited Iran.
Then in Marathi, the officers told each other that he is
the right candidate to be booked in the blasts case.
In the first remand sheet, police forced me to sign papers
written in Hindi and Marathi, which they never allowed me
to read. ATS gave me a few papers, asked me to memorise
it, and told me that if I co-operated, I would be released
When I refused, they made me stand through the night,
without allowing me any food. When I was exhausted, I
memorised some of it and gave an audio-video recording of
Naval Bajaj: I will give my rebuttal to
the investigating officer and the court if need
be. Why should I comment on what some accused has
N Roy: I don’t wish to comment on this
letter or his claims
While the police were looking for passport agent
linked to SIMI, Rahil Shaikh, around Nagpada,
Tanveer Ansari’s name came up. Ansari learnt
about the explosives from Pakistan’s Azam Cheema,
who he was constantly in touch with after
returning to Mumbai.
On Ehtesham Siddique’s demand, Ansari made an
explosive using nitric acid, hydrogen peroxide,
sulphuric acid and ammonium nitrate. Through
Faisal Shaikh, Ansari went to Lashkar-e-Taiba
training camps in Pakistan from India via Iran.