42 cops booked for terrorist murder

Last Updated: Sun, May 19, 2013 09:26 hrs

Lucknow: Forty-two policemen, including former Director General of Police Vikram Singh and Director General of Police, Training, Brij Lal, have been booked for the death of a terror suspect in police custody in UP, said media reports on Sunday.

The Uttar Pradesh government has sought a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the death of Khalid Mujahid, an accused in a serial blasts case.

Mujahid died on Saturday while he was being brought to Lucknow from a Faizabad court in a police van.

The Barabanki police has lodged an First Information report (FIR) against the 42 policemen, who were part of the special task force and the anti-terror squad that had arrested Mujahid. 

The complaint was filed by Mujahid's uncle, who has alleged that he was framed by the police in the blasts case and now his death was also their responsibility, media reports said.

An inquiry into the death will also be conducted by the state Home Secretary, an Additional Director General and an Inspector General level officer. 

Mujahid was an accused in the Gorakhpur, Lucknow and Faizabad serial blasts case, that had rocked the three cities killing more than a dozen and injuring several people in November last.

A court in Barabanki had recently rejected the state government's plea to withdraw terror cases against Mujahid and another accused Tariq Qasmi. 

The rejection came on technical grounds, for non-compliance of paperwork formalities

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