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Action against cops who ‘framed’ J-K men: court

Rajesh Ahuja, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 11, 2013
First Published: 01:47 IST(11/10/2013) | Last Updated: 01:49 IST(11/10/2013)

In a judicial intervention to hold accountable policemen who may have framed two Jammu and Kashmir natives, Javed Ahmad Tantray and Ashiq Ali Butt, in a terror case, a Delhi court has asked the city police commissioner to take action against the officers and report to the court within a month.

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“Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde needs to walk the talk as he recently wrote to state governments to ensure that no innocent youth from minorities should be harassed by the police. The court says Tantray and Butt may have been framed. I am writing to Shinde in this regard as the Delhi Police work under him,” said MS Khan, lawyer of Tantray and Butt.

Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi could not be reached for comments.

The Delhi Police claimed that two alleged Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants, Tantray and Butt, had left Jammu for Delhi on the morning of August 6, 2009 in a car with the registration number HR-36 C 3036, carrying two assault rifles and two hand grenades for a terror attack in Delhi on or before August 15, 2009.

When they reached the Jama Masjid area in the night, officials of the Delhi Police special cell intercepted the car and arrested them from the spot.

But Additional Sessions Judge Atul Kumar Garg said in his order: “The prosecution has failed to bring the facts that any incident like this as projected by the prosecution has ever happened. Rather, the defence is much more probable that accused were picked up from Amarnath Express and implicated in this case.”

The judge sent a copy of his order to the commissioner of police for taking action against the erring police officials and asked him to report to the court within a month of receiving his order.

The court said two toll plazas at Karnal and Ambala showed the car heading towards Jammu in the morning of August 6 but Delhi Police claimed the vehicle was handed over to the accused by their contact person at the same time in Jammu. Therefore, the possibility of implicating the accused in the case cannot be ruled out, the court said.

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