Nadeem Shaikh, arrested for his alleged role in the July 13, 2011, triple blasts in Mumbai, recently wrote a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee as well as other important functionaries of India, pleading them to transfer the investigation in the case from the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Shaikh’s application stated that NIA is an impartial agency and, if it takes over the investigation, the true picture would be revealed for sure.
Shaikh, in his application, claimed that the Delhi Police special cell, along with his cousin Naquee Ahmed, also an accused, had approached him in January 2012 and asked him to assist in the investigation.
“The Delhi Police special cell asked me for help in searching for a person named Imran, to interrogate him in connection with the blasts on July 13. The Delhi Police had told me that it was in the interest of the nation’s security, and I had agreed to help. However, subsequently, there was a tussle between the Delhi Police and Maharashtra ATS. The ATS, in order to prove itself, made me and Naquee scapegoats. The agency threatened me, tortured me and took my signature on a blank paper,” read Shaikh’s application.
He also said the ATS is known for implicating people in terror-related cases.
The application stated, “The Maharashtra ATS implicates innocent people in order to decrease political and public pressure, as has been seen in the Malegaon 2006, German Bakery and Mumbai serial train blasts cases. Hence, if an impartial agency like NIA conducts investigation in the case, then chances of the truth prevailing are more.”