Afroz Alam Sahil, BeyondHeadlines
Mumbai. The two muslim youths picked up from Mohali by Maharashtra ATS (Anti- Terrorist Squad) has no connection with Any terror related activities clarifies ATS.
The youths picked up from their rented accommodation in Mohali were grilled by Mumbai Police for four days before giving any information about them to their families. Now ATS Chief Rakesh Maria Clarifies that the youths have no connection with any terror related activity.
Speaking to brother of detained Abdul Wahab and Media Secretary of Anjuman Bashindgaane Bihar Mr. Mehmood Hakimi, Rakesh said that Wahab And Qamre Alam have no terror links.
It should be noted that the two engineering students were picked up from Mohali on 1 January along with their two roommates Ashraf and Tanveer Alam. Both Ashraf and Tanveer were released on January 3 while Wahab and Qamar Alam were flown to mumbai by ATS for further questioning.
Now Wahab and Qamar are in Mumbai police custody in FIR number 33/11. Their family is waiting their release.
Previous Stories on this matter by BeyondHeadlines:
ATS Silent After Picking Up Muslim Youths
At 11.30 Pm Tuesday BeyondHeadlines got a distress call from Mr. Mahtab who said he has learnt that his cousin brother has been allegedly detained by Mumbai ATS.
Mahtab said that his cousin hailing from Bihar and studying in Swami Parmananda College of engineering in Mohali is allegedly picked up by Mumbai Police and his family has no information about him. One of them was let off on Tuesday Evening. Mahtab got information from him only.
BeyondHeadlines immediately tried to communicate with Mohali Police and Mumbai police but no confirmation could be attained.
On Wednesday we spoke to Ashraf, who was among the students detained by the police. He said that four student were detained by Police.
Ashraf Narrated the whole incident as, I do job along with my studies, on January 1 morning when I returned from office after night shift I found 3 police cars park outside our rented accommodation at Lalru. When I entered the policemen (in civil dress) present there questioned what I do. I told them I live in the same room so they also pick me up and took four of us including Qamar Alam Shaikh, Abdul Wahab and Tanveer Alam to some place in Kharar.
We were questioned separately for two days. I and Tanveer were let free on evening of January 3. They call someone from my office and enquired about my work then only they let me free. Tanveer was also freed. We were not told why we were picked up. I was so afraid that i could not speak to anyone about the incident. I called Mahtab to inform him about his cousin brother’s detainment.
Ashraf, a mechanical Engineering Diploma student also told us that all their documents were also seized by police. The police told them that Wahab And Qamar will be flown to Mumbai.
On Wednesday the Punjab police sources confirmed that Mumbai ATS has carried an operation in Mohali in which four youths were picked out of whom two were let free and two are detained.
CIA (Crime Investigation Agency, A unit of Punjab Police) Kharar Inspector Gurcharan Singh confirmed that the boys were taken to Mumbai by Inspector Kedar Pawar of Mumbai ATS. They were arrested Under FIR no 33/11 under section 419, 420, 465, 467 and 120B of Indian Penal Code.
We tried to contact Inspector Kedar Pawar but got no response. Sources in ATS Mumbai confirmed arrest in some fake currency related case.
But neither Mumbai ATS nor Punjab police informed guardians of students about their detainment. The families of the arrested students could get info only after two of the boys were released.
Abdul Wahab is a second year engineering student and Qamar Alam is a first year student. The students have their examination on Wednesday. If the police would have informed their parents they would have tried to get them release and appear for examinations.
The Supreme Court has clearly said that police must inform families of arrested or detained people immediately or at least in 8 hours if they reside at some distant place. After arrest the police must present arrested people before court within 24 hours then only they can seek further remand.
Here not only basic human rights of the arrested boys have been violated but their career is also at stake as they were to appear for their examinations. The chilling fact is that police questioned them for three days before taking them to Mumbai but did not bother to inform their families. Did the police did not know that even if they have committed some crime they are citizens of India and they have certain legal rights.
The ATS investigation will later prove whether the arrested boys are guilty or not but their conduct so far raises several questions about functioning of police forces in our country.
BeyondHeadlines firmly believe in process of law and we respect every lawful investigation of ATS or any security Agency of country. We believe the family of the arrested boys will be informed by the ATS immediately.
ATS Pick Up Four Muslim Youths From Mohali
Mohali. Four Muslim youths were picked up by ATS from their rented accommodation in Mohali on Jan 1. Two of them were released on 3 Jan.
The police picked up Qamar Alam Sheikh, Abdul Wahab, Tanveer Alam and Mohd Ashraf. All of these youths hail from Bihar and study in Swami Parmananda College of Engineering Mohali. Ashraf and Tanveer were released on January 3 while the other two are flown to Mumbai by the ATS.
Confirming the detainment of the youths CIA Kharar Inspector Gurcharan Singh said that the operation was carried out by ATS. Now they are taken by the ATS.
Speaking to BeyondHeadlines Ashraf said that they were picked up from their rented accommodation on morning of January 1 at 6.30 am. Around 15-20 policeman dressed in civil dress then took them to CIA Kharar office.
They were questioned separately. After Two days Tanveer and Ashraf were let off by the police. All their records and documents were also seized by the ATS. No information about the detainment of the youth was given to their families. Only after the release Ashraf informed families of other boys. All boys are aged between 18-20.
As per the information with BeyondHeadlines the boys were taken to Mumbai by Inspector Kedar Pawar under FIR 33 /11 under sections 419,420,465,467,120b of Indian Penal Code. According to Kharar Police the FIR is registered by IPC police station of ATS Mumbai. The suspicious arrest under forgery section raise further questions. So far police has not communicated with family members of boys detained.
Has Mumbai Police Picked Up Abdul Wahab?
Mohali (Punjab): Abdul Wahab Umar (22), a student at Swami Paramanand Engineering College, Mohali has been allegedly picked up by the Mumbai Police on 1st January 2012. According to available information Mr. Wahhab is son of Mr. Mohd. Umar of Darbhanga District of Bihar. Wahab is the youngest among seven siblings. As per the sources close to Beyond Headlines, the police have not informed anyone close to Wahab. This has created a fear psychosis among his family and friends. If this comes out to be true, this story will be another addition to the number of such incidents where the police have been alleged to have arrested without warrants.
BeyondHeadlines believes in due process of law and appeals to the authorities to respect the law of the land and human rights of our citizens. To cross-check the facts the BeyondHeadlines team has tried to establish contact with the Mumbai Police and will continue to do the follow up with other concerned authorities. In the meantime our task is to stand by the family of Wahab and appeal for justice.