News: Rights Group meets terror suspects’ families!

MANGALORE: A fact-finding committee of 14 members belonging to various Rights organisations met the family members of the recently arrested terror suspects at their residences on Friday.

The team led by Chennai-based People’s Union for Human Rights president Marx visited the house of Mohammed Ali and Javed Ali at Mukkacheri in Ullal. Later, the team visited the house of the arrested engineering student Naushad at Subhashnagar in the city. They spoke at length to Naushad’s father Syed Mohammed Irshad and collected  information on the arrest.

Speaking to the fact-finding committee, Irshad alleged that the police neither allowed him to speak to his son nor let him know why his son was arrested. “I could not speak to any police officers in the city and I do not know where my son is now,” he said.

Irshad also said that the police had not given him the charge-sheet copy so far. “I will approach the High Court, if justice is denied by the police,” he added.

Irshad said that his son Naushad had only business-related connection with Mudassir, who is said to have played a key role in serial blasts and who is still at large.

“My son was helping Mudassir in his business. Moreover, he was our neighbour too,” Irshad said, adding that he did not know anything about Mudassir’s involvement in the terrorist activities.

The team would submit its report to the Government and Human Rights Commission if they found any lapses from the Police Department during the arrest.

Organisation for Protection of Democratic Rights member Ramkumar, Federation for People’s Rights secretary G Sugumaran and others also interacted with the family members of the arrested.

The fact-finding committee also decided to appeal to the Government for the early release of the arrested youths, if their innocence was proved undoubtedly.

Indian Express / 11.10.2008.

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