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Shamli’s ‘jehadi recruiters’ demand NIA probe

The two Haryana clerics arrested by the Delhi police on charges of working for the Lashkar-e-Taiba and jehadi recruitment in riot-affected Shamli have written to Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde for transferring the probe to the National Investigation Authority (NIA).

india Updated: Jan 09, 2014 23:54 IST
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The two Haryana clerics arrested by the Delhi police on charges of working for the Lashkar-e-Taiba and jehadi recruitment in riot-affected Shamli have written to Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde for transferring the probe to the National Investigation Authority (NIA).

They have said in their representation to Shinde they were arrested after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said in his election rallies that Pakistan spy agency ISI was trying to get in touch with riots victims of Shamli and Muzaffarnagar.

“All we are asking for is a fair probe from the NIA in the case. There seems to be a parallel between the case against my clients Mohammad Shahid and Rashid and that of the alleged Hizbul Mujahideen operative Liaqat Ali, who was arrested by the Delhi police on charges of planning terror activities but later the whole matter fell flat,” said lawyer MS Khan, who sent a representation to Shinde on behalf of his clients on Thursday.

Shahid and Rashid, natives of Mewat in Haryana, were arrested on December 7 and December 16, respectively, by the special cell of the Delhi police on charges of being in touch with Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Javed Baluchi.

The police later said they tried to allure two Shamli residents — Liaqat and Zamirul Islam — for jehadi activities.

The Delhi police got recorded the statement of Liaqat and Zamirul Islam before the magistrate under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which makes it admissible as evidence during trial.

The accused clerics have told Shinde in their representation that the “two persons have been connected with the case in such a manner so as to prove the contents of the speech of Rahul Gandhi true”.

“If the home ministry doesn’t act on our representation, we will approach the court for an NIA probe,” Khan added.