Calling Afzal Usmani, an accused of 2008 Ahmedabad blasts “innocent” the Maharashtra unit of Samajwadi Party (SP) has accused Maharashtra government especially the Police force as being “communal” and targeting Muslims. The party has threatened to take to the streets to "expose" the Congress-led government’s real “non-secular” face.
The Ahmedabad Blast accused Usmani has written a six-page letter to Azmi from the “Anda-cell” of the Arther road jail where he is currently imprisoned. In the letter, he insisted that he was innocent and falsely implicated by ATS and crime branch and Azmi should do the needful.
Presenting the letter in a press conference on Saturday, Abu Asim Azmi, Maharashtra chief of SP and MLA, told media persons, “This letter explains the functioning of Maharashtra government especially the home department. The Muslims are targeted and implicated in false cases by the police-force.” Azmi also claimed that the “mentality” of the police-force is evident with the reports of Satyapal singh joining BJP.
Afzal Usmani and his nephew Javed Nurullah Hussain Khan were nabbed by Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in October from the Indo-Nepal border. Usmani, an alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operator on September 20, had fled from the Mumbai Sessions Court's premises, when the police were about to present him before the court. According to the police, Usmani was the main accused, who had allegedly aided the IM men to explode Ahmedabad on July 26, 2008.
In the letter, a copy of which is with dna, Usmani by swearing Allah has repeated his earlier claims that he hadn’t fled the court. According to the letter, ATS and crime branch abducted him and his nephew from outside the court premises, took him to Kasara Ghat and locked up in a room forcing him to become government approver while falsely telling the court that he fled.
Giving various examples of Muslims being implicated in false cases by Police, Azmi also questioned government’s intelligence agencies. “What these agencies were doing when Satyapal Singh was getting closer to RSS during Nagpur posting?” Azmi claimed that he is afraid of Singh and that’s why raising this issue when the Singh quits.
With the fresh charges against the state government the party has sought to play the “secular” card to secure its minority vote bank which is reportedly sliding after Muzaffarnagar riots in Uttar Pradesh.
Azmi also targeted Maharashtra government for not implementing the Sri Krishna Commission report of 1992 Mumbai blasts. “The congress government in centre and state always target Narendra Modi for 2002 riots but never mention 1992 cases. Is this secularism,” asks Azmi who refused to comment when asked why his party is then supporting the Congress in centre.