MAFIA DON Abu Salem’s lawyer Ashok M Sarawagi has issued a notice to the State police chief and other officials on the poster removal issue. The notice asks them to explain the circumstances in which Salem’s posters were removed from Mubarakpur and Saraimir.
Besides the director general of police, the notice has been issued to the district magistrate, the superintendent of police, the Mubarakpur and the Saraimir police station officers.
Salem’s posters, conveying Id and Diwali greetings, were seen as a sign of his intention to contest the assembly election. The notice said legal proceedings may be initiated and “it will be presumed that you all were involved in such an unlawful act allegedly under pressure mounted by some politicians.”
The officials’ have been given seven days to reply to the notice. Sarawagi, who arrived here on Saturday evening, met district magistrate Subash Chand Sharma. He asked under what circumstances the posters were removed.
Posters of others extending festival greetings had remained untouched, he pointed out. The DM said the posters did not carry the publisher’s name and it was assumed that it may be the handiwork of anti-social elements. Thus, the administration removed the posters, he said. Sarawagi also met Salem’s relatives in Mubarkpur, and Saraimir.
He talked to a section of locals in both towns. They complained that that they lived in fear of harassment as they were related to Salem.
Talking to HT, Sarawagi said family members, relatives and well-wishers of Abu Salem lived in fear in the district. He said he would depute a team of advocates which would see to it that the police and the district administration did not harass Salem’s well-wishers. The lawyer’s wife Alka said moves were afoot to make a VCD on Abu Salem’s life.
Sarawagi and his associates again went to Saraimir on Sunday and talked to Salem’s family members and others.
He left for Lucknow later in the day.