'Key' witness denies having first found torn pages of Quran
The police complaint in the case of discovery of torn pages of a religious book that resulted in violent clashes and deaths of six people in Ghaziabad on September 14 has Abdul Qadir, a muezzin at Rafikabad mosque, as a complainant.india Updated: Sep 19, 2012 00:39 IST
The police complaint in the case of discovery of torn pages of a religious book that resulted in violent clashes and deaths of six people in Ghaziabad on September 14 has Abdul Qadir, a muezzin at Rafikabad mosque, as a complainant.
But the police said there is a larger conspiracy behind all this. The pages were reportedly first found by someone else and later given to Qadir.
Another question that also crops up is regarding the manner in which a police complaint was allegedly filed by Qadir, who denies knowing Hindi.
In the said FIR, Qadir was the first person who saw a man shouting from the train and throwing some pages over Adhyatmik Nagar railway halt. As a result, Qadir becomes the prime eye-witness and complainant in the case.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Qadir said he was preparing for prayers inside the mosque when Abdul Gaffar, a local shopkeeper from Mayur Vihar, brought the pages to the mosque. Abdul Gaffar, in turn, said another local named Rashid gave him the pages. Rashid was reportedly present at the railway halt at around 12.55pm after Kashi Vishwanath Express had crossed the area.
Qadir said, "Thereafter on the instructions of the seniors, I kept the pages safely. However, later people started coming to have a look at the pages. According to customs, if such pages are discovered then they should be buried but some locals pressurised me to lodge a complaint."
"These people later spread the news at nearby localities of Aslam Nagar, Sikrod and Dasna. Then they took me in a Scorpio car to Masuri police station," he claimed.
Qadir said one Muti-ur-Rehman, a local resident, accompanied him to the police station in the SUV with 3-4 other men. Rehman is presently not traceable.
"At the police station, an initial complaint was written in Hindi which had signatures of me and Rehman. But it was later torn. Then a second complaint was written and only I was made to sign it without anyone reading it to me. I asked station officer what was written but he told me not to worry and just sign it," he claimed.
When the mob build-up began around 6.30pm at Masuri police station, Qadir said he was shocked to find that he was left alone there and all other people, including Rehman, had left the police station.
Qadir, who holds a copy of the second complaint, denies its contents saying that he "never went to the railway halt and never found the pages".
When asked about the other witnesses who have come forward about the discovery of pages, superintendent of police (rural) Jagdish Sharma said these people seemed like "mere puppets". Meanwhile, senior police officer said some pages have been handed over to the investigating officer.
First Published: Sep 19, 2012 00:37 IST