The alleged spy Zubair saga: What leaders, family members and cops say
OT, July 18, 2012 15:23 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Shaheen Bagh
After 2 PM on July 18 the attention was shifted from Jamia police station in Okhla, New Delhi, to Shaheen Bagh on the Sarita Vihar road that links the Delhi-Noida highway. Some residents led by local leaders blocked the road for more than two hours in the afternoon, demanding immediate release of Zubair Khan, picked up from Shaheen Bagh on the night of July 17 by the Delhi crime branch on charge of allegedly working for a Pakistani intelligence agency.
Worked for Pakistani intelligence: Cops
Family members of Zubair rubbished the allegation. His brother Tayyab Khan said: “My brother is innocent.” Following his arrest there were also “rumours” in the area that he once worked in Pakistan High Commission. Tayyab refuted it and said he never worked there. “He had travelled to Lahore five years ago on a valid visa and passport for one day to watch a cricket match.”
Also he pointed out that Zubair is not wealthy as he lives in a 50 square-yard house and works for just Rs 10,000 a month salary.”
But the officials and police are not convinced. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), Sanjay Jain said: “On July 17, we found him in possession of certain classified documents, including photographs, pertaining to the Indian Army. He was arrested from near a park in Kalindi Kunj and produced in court today.”
Zubair produced in court
“The associated terror groups in India and Pakistan rely heavily on the informer network and Zubair was an integral part of this,” police said.
However, leaders and more than 150 residents, including youth, who had turned up to protest were not convinced and said it is all frame up. They shouted anti-Delhi police slogan, braving high humidity and blistering heat. From time to time residents distributed water bottles to protesters and leaders to quench their thirst and for the protest to prolong. (Late night arrest of Shaheen Bagh youth stokes anger among locals, road blocked)
Ameeruddin, whose wife won the councilor election from ward number 205 a women reserved seat, said: “We want this illegal arrest game to end as soon as possible. The youth should be released. We will continue our protest as long as we don’t get any positive response from senior police officials.”
Educated youth being targeted: Jawed
Journalist turned politician Mahmood Ahmed said: “Such arrest should be halted. Local police should be informed before such arrests are made.”
Samajwadi Party Delhi state secretary Hamid Ali said: “There is trend all over India to target educated youth. Besides, Jamia Nagar continues to be at the radar despite senior cops assuring us that youth will not be picked up without informing local police station the action continues.”
Arrival of top cop and patience
He was received by anti-Delhi police slogan. The ACP managed the show well by giving a patience hearing to protesters and Amanatullah Khan, who was leading from the front. Other leaders wished the ACP and shook hands.
It was then that Khan took over. He told the ACP about the continued witch-hunting of Muslim youths in Delhi and other places. Later on Shoeb Danish too complained to the ACP about the shabby treatment being given to Muslim youths of Jamia Nagar by picking them up at will.
While addressing the protesters, ACP Ajay Chaudhary requested them to end the blockade. When asked to comment on the issue, he declined to comment to OKHLA TIMES. The leaders didn’t budge to the ACP’s request and said they were willing to go to jail for the cause.
Leaders surrender for arrest
Blocakde comes to an end
PHOTO CAPTION: Some residents block the Shaheen Bagh road that connects Noida
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