Two unidentified persons attacked the office of the brother-in-law of Advocate Farhana Shah with stones on Sunday.
Last week, Shah was appointed 26/11 convict Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab’s lawyer for his appeal in the Bombay High Court against the death sentence pronounced by a special court. The police, however, denied that the attack was linked to her defending Kasab.
Farhana said that two men, posing as patients, entered her brother-in-law, Dr Afzal Shah's clinic, which is adjacent to her office at Grant Road. Afzal is a dentist. Farhana’s husband Dr Akhtar, who was also present with Afzal at the V P Road police station, said the duo asked Afzal to pay them Rs 1,500 which they claimed he owed them.
When Afzal told them that he did not owe them any money, the two started abusing him.
“One of the accused walked out talking on his cellphone, asking somebody if he should ransack the clinic. He then hung up and picked up stones started pelting at the clinic,” said Akhtar.
“After Afzal raised an alarm, locals gathered at the spot and nabbed one of the accused who was trying to flee. The other miscreant escaped,” added Akhtar. He added that a police patrolling van arrived at the spot and took the attacker to the police station.
“When I reached the police station, I saw the miscreant speaking on the phone and walking away from the premises. Even after telling the police officers, no one stopped him,”added Akhtar.
The police have registered a non-cognisable offense against two “unidentified men”.
Farhana, who met Kasab at the Arthur Road jail on Saturday, claimed that the attack might have been directed towards her for defending Kasab. Police Commissioner Sanjeev Dayal rubbished this.
“First of all, the incident took place at the clinic of Farhana's brother-in-law and not at her office,” said Dayal and adding that he would inquire if the miscreant actually “fled” from the police station.