The arrest of three men on terror charges from Bhatkal on Thursday has triggered a major controversy with the neighbours of the accused claiming they saw police planting evidence in the house of a suspect.
With Muslim organisations calling for a shutdown on Monday, the town remained tense on Saturday and a large force was deployed to prevent outbreak of violence.
“Several people saw the police take a few bags into the house of suspect Abus Subur on Thursday morning,” said Moideen Altaf, general secretary of the Bhatkal-based federation of Muslim organisations — Majlis-E-Islah Wa Tanzeem — on Saturday.
Akmal Rizvi, the suspects’ lawyer said, “According to law, two people from the neighbourhood have to accompany the police during a raid and be present during the panchnaama but no local was taken.”
He said he would expose the police further early next week.
At another press conference by the families, Subur’s mother Khamarunissa said, “Our house (where the police claim explosives were recovered) has been locked for the past two months as we have been living at my sister’s place.”
Prime accused Syed Ismail Afaaq’s mother said, “The police told the media that my son made calls to Pakistan. What they didn’t tell you is that he’s married to a Pakistani who lives with us in Bhatkal.”
Police commissioner MN Reddi said neither the police nor the media decided the final outcome of a case.