Friday, December 7, 2012

Bajrangi threatened them in jail, blasts accused tell court

Gujarat EDN
IE  25SEP2012
Express news service : Ahmedabad, Tue Sep 25 2012, 06:09 hrs
A designated court for the 2008 Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts case on Monday ordered the Sabarmati Central Jail authorities to inquire into the allegations levelled by the blast accused that Babu Bajrangi, convicted in the Naroda Patiya riot case, was trying to create communal atmosphere in the jail.
The complaint comes following a verbal fight between Bajrangi, a former Bajrang Dal leader, and three of the blasts accused Ismail Mansoori, Abbas Sameja and Javed Ahmed last week.
In a complaint in court, Mansoori has claimed that Bajrangi and his accomplices “hurled abuses, spoke scornfully of our community and religion” during medical check-ups at the jail dispensary.
“Bragging about his political clout, he threatened to kill each of us and said they would teach us a lesson like they did during the 2002 riots,” says his complaint, which has been signed by 49 other accused in the serial blasts case. A total of 68 accused facing trials in the serial blasts case are lodged in the jail.
According to the complainant, when the three approached senior jailor Dinesh Vankar, he too vented his anger and prejudice towards them.
The complainant has expressed apprehension over their security while stating that the jail authorities were planning to put them in “solitary confinement”.
The complainant has also claimed that Bajrangi and his accomplices have been given a free hand in the jail and keep roaming freely.
I M Munsi, the defence lawyer in the case, said the magistrate has ordered the special public prosecutor H M Dhruv to look into the complainant and posted the matter for hearing on September 29.