A suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative, facing trial for his alleged role in setting up an illegal arms factory here, has told a Delhi court that he was feeling "depressed" inside Tihar Jail as the inmates were calling him a "terrorist" and pleaded to be shifted to the high security ward like his co-accused.
Accused Abdur Rahman has moved the application before Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh claiming that he has not been kept in the high security ward like the other co-accused in this case. "Applicant (Rahman) wants to say that his all co-accused have been lodged in high security ward of various jails in Tihar except the applicant alone and in the general ward, the inmates are calling the applicant 'terrorist' due to which applicant almost feels depressed and also by staying in general ward applicant does not want that he be made the next target," he said in his application. The court has asked the Tihar Jail superintendent to file a report on the application on August 7.
Rahman, who is facing trial in the case in which a charge sheet was filed against IM India chief Yasin Bhatkal and his aide Assadullah Akhtar, has requested the court to direct the Tihar Jail authorities to shift him to the high security ward.
In his plea, Rahman has also referred to alleged assault on suspected IM operative Fasih Mahmood, who was deported from Saudi Arabia in 2012 for his alleged involvement in terror acts here, inside the Tihar prison. "So there is a kind request to the court to look into the seriousness of matter and grant the permission to shift the applicant to high security ward by keeping in view the safety and security of the applicant," he said.
Several alleged IM operatives are facing trial in the case in which the Special Cell of Delhi Police had recovered huge quantity of arms and ammunition. These accused have been chargesheeted for the offences under various sections of the IPC and under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Police had earlier filed its charge sheet against 16 accused, including alleged IM operative Quateel Siddiqui, who had died in Pune's Yerawada central jail in June 8, 2012. The police had alleged that Bhatkal and Assadullah Akhtar, along with other co-accused, had set up the arms manufacturing factory in Meer Vihar area of Nangloi in Outer Delhi for manufacturing arms and ammunition to carry out terror attacks in Delhi and other parts of the country. The police had said the weapons manufacturing unit had elaborate equipment like moulding, cutting, assembly drilling and grinding machines besides explosives and rocket launchers.