Afroz Siddiqui, cousin of Indian Mujahideen operative Mohammad Quateel Siddiqui, who was murdered in Yerawada jail, has accused the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) of killing his brother.
Afroz, 50, who arrived in Pune from Delhi on Saturday, claimed his brother was innocent and the ATS had fabricated allegations against him in some cases. “The ATS took him to various places but could not gather any evidence against him. Court would have taken note of this fact. That’s why they killed him inside the jail,” he said.
Afroz said he had seen Siddiqui growing up. “He has never come into contact with such elements and was not capable of such acts. Allah knows everything,” he said.
Siddiqui’s body is in Sassoon Hospital where postmortem was conducted on Friday evening. His body would be handed over to Afroz after completing the legal formalities. The last rites would be performed in Delhi, his brother said.
The Yerawada police have requested the Pune court to hand over Sharad Mohol and Alok Bhalerao, who strangulated Siddiqui to death with a drawstring in the ‘Anda’ cell of Yerawada jail.
Both were in judicial custody after they were arrested in an extortion case.
Judicial magistrate (first class) SB Munde passed an order handing over Mohol and Bhalerao to Yerawada police.
They are expected to be sent to police custody on Sunday morning.