Fake encounter: After withdrawing HC plea, 7/11 accused seeks police inquiry

After withdrawing his public interest litigation (PIL) seeking an inquiry into an alleged fake encounter of an alleged Pakistani national identified as Mohammed Ali in 2006, Ehtesham Siddiqui — an accused in the 7/11, 2006 serial train blasts — has now sent a written complaint to the Antop Hill police station seeking investigations in the matter.

On July 25, the Bombay High Court Division Bench of Justices Sharad Bobde and Mridula Bhatkar had directed Siddiqui to go through the right channel before approaching the HC.

Subsequently, Siddiqui withdrew the complaint and sent a 10-page letter to the Antop Hill police along with a copy of it to the Metropolitan Magistrate Court and the Mumbai Police Commissioner

In his letter dispatched from Arthur Road Jail, Siddiqui has claimed that Ali was being interrogated by the ATS at their office in Kalachowkie a day before his death. Ali, who was suspected to be a Pakistani militant, was shot dead in Wadala in August 2006.

According to Siddiqui, who was picked up around the same time for his alleged involvement in the July 7, 2006 train blasts, was lodged in the same lock-up as Ali. Siddiqui claims that Ali was interrogated by former Gujarat ATS chief D G Vanzara who was allegedly in the city at that time.

Vanzara is also an accused in the alleged Sohrabuddin fake encounter case and is presently lodged in a Gujarat prison with respect to the same case.

Siddiqui, who has been filing a series of applications under the Right to Information Act, was questioned by the HC for the delay in seeking investigations into the alleged fake encounter. His lawyer had informed the court that the delay was because he was seeking information under the RTI.

Siddiqui had applied under the RTI for records of calls between Vanzara and officers in Mumbai during the relevant period. The information was, however, denied, he claimed.

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