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Shahi Imam Fatehpuri Masjid backs Antulay; demands a probe

india Updated: Dec 19, 2008 21:25 IST
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Backing Union Minister for Minority Affairs A R Antulay's demand for an investigation into the killing of the former ATS chief, Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid said the government should not hesitate to carry out a probe as Karkare was facing threat to his life.

Shahi Imam Maulana Mufti M Mukarram Ahmed condemned Mumbai terror-attack during the Friday speech.

In an apparent reference to Pakistan, he said, Muslims of this country were against the country that could be involved in such attacks.

"On November 26 when Mumbai attack took place, ATS chief at the first movement was killed along with his associate officers. If Antulay asks for an inquiry in these killings then there should not be any hesitation," the Shahi Imam said, adding "I demand a high level probe by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court of India".

The former ATS chief had received threat to his life for probing the Malegaon blast case in which Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt Col Shrikant Purohit were arrested, which was not liked by Sangh Parivar people, he added.

Antulay had created a furore by his remarks raising doubts on the issue of killing of Karkare and two other senior police officers on November 26 night in Mumbai and sought to link it to the ATS chief's role as a key investigator in the Malegaon blast case.

The Shahi Imam also asked the government not to accept Antulay's resignation.

On the incident of shoe being thrown at US President George W Bush by an Iraqi journalist, he said it was the hidden anger of the innocent people of Iraq.