The Maharashtra police have accused an inspector of sheltering two members of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), the banned radical outfit, while he was posted in Amravati. The two activists were found living with Inspector Riyajuddin Deshmukh, then working with the State Intelligence Department, and publishing literature for the banned organisation.
Deshmukh is currently a police inspector in the Protection of Civil Rights (PCR) department, Aurangabad Division.
The supplementary chargesheet [No 30(A)/2008] against Deshmukh, issued on February 25 this year, said: “Riyajuddin Gayasuddin Deshmukh, police inspector, had, in his house at Jakir Colony, given shelter to his brother-in-law, namely Izaz Ahmed Mohammad Ibrahim… who is a SIMI member and against whom offences are pending at Buldhana… He was provided shelter at his house, when he himself was officer at State Intelligence Department at Amravati.”
“Activists of SIMI and other terrorist organisations have infiltrated security agencies. Information is being blocked from reaching the right people and places,” alleged Mohammad Hamid, president of Iman Tanzeem, a moderate Muslim organisation headquartered in Nagpur.
The 2001 ban on SIMI was followed by a crackdown on its members during which two activists — Mushahid Siddiqui and Anees Khan — were arrested. Their interrogation led to the arrest of Izaz Ibrahim and Khwaja Moinuddin Deshmukh. While the former was the brother-in-law of Inspector Deskmukh, the latter was his son.
Deshmukh himself continued to be in the clear. It was only in February this year, that a supplementary chargesheet was filed against him.
When Additional Director General of Police, PCR, R.P. Khilnani was asked about Deshmukh continuing to be an inspector, he said: “Yes, we are aware of the case and are awaiting the findings of the trial court. If he is discharged or acquitted, we will initiate our own action.”