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City advocate takes up case for harassed Muslim jail inmates Tuesday, June 26, 2001
Ahmedabad, June 25: A city advocate, Ghulam K. Saiyyed, has sent an application to the Sabarmati police station to look into the complaints of the Muslim inmates in Sabarmati Central Prison who are allegedly being beaten up and harassed by jail officials. The application was sent on Monday.
In his application, Mr Saiyyed has alleged that several cases of Muslim inmates being beaten up have already been registered at the Sabarmati police station.
On June 6, at 7.30 am, inmate no 7787, Abdul Wahid Fakir Mohammed, was not allowed to say his namaz and was beaten up without any reason with lathis, belt, chain and lock. He was injured and even incurred a fracture on his hand, according to the complaint.
The culprits named in the complaint are Jadgish Kanubhai (sevak), Jagdish Marwadi (watchman), Bharat K Singh (laltopi), Ishwar (warder), Kanti (warder), Amir (sipahi), Arjun Singh (sipahi), Parvin Singh (watchman) and Lakha (watchman). Sabarmati police inspector S S Chudasma accepted that several complaints of fights were lodged but he said that these fights were basically between the inmates and were not communal in nature.
The complaint further alleges that on the same day some other Muslim inmates were also beaten up. They were Salim Abdul Karim Pathan, an NDPS inmate and Mohammed Athar Mohammed Hassam, inmate no 6991.
The application further states that the complaint of the Muslim inmates was not registered, instead the senior jailor, A B Makwana, and the jail superintendent, A V Kharadi, accused the Muslim inmates of fighting with the Hindu inmates.
The application also points out to two more complaints filed. One on November 6, 2000 where inmate Abdul Wahab Shaikh was attacked by jail officials and was hit with a hammer on the head.
In another case on September 18, 2000, Tahir Jamal Siraj Ahmed, inmate no 6359, was allegedly attacked by jail officials and Hindu inmates with a sharp weapon and was injured on the neck. A complaint was also filed.
The application has stated that though the Muslim inmates have made repeated complaints to various authorities, no steps have been taken as yet. It also points out that a complaint has also been filed against jailor Makwana when he was at Vadodara jail.
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