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In Tihar for ‘Islamic State links’, prisoner claims beaten and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’

An undertrial prisoner, accused by the intelligence businesses of being an Islamic State member and planning serial blasts throughout the nation, approached a Delhi court docket on Wednesday, claiming that he was overwhelmed up by different inmates inside Tihar jail and compelled to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’.

The accused, Rashid Zafar, was arrested in 2018 on allegations of being a member of an Islamic State-inspired group that was planning suicide assaults and serial blasts, focusing on politicians and authorities installations in Delhi and different components of North India, the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) has alleged.

Whereas the court docket is about to listen to the matter on Thursday, Zafar’s authorized staff claims to have a video of their possession, during which the “inmate is seen narrating the incident”.

Within the video, he claims that he was assaulted by inmates and a staffer of the central jail. “I used to be taken out of the ward and two males and a sipahi beat me. They beat me as a result of I’m in a terrorism case, and they’re making me chant Jai Shri Ram slogans,” he claims within the video.

When contacted, DG (Tihar jail) Sandeep Goel mentioned, “On Wednesday afternoon, inmate Rashid Zafar had gone to the jail dispensary. He’s lodged within the excessive threat ward, however as an alternative of going to his cell, he tried to enter one other cell, and was stopped by jail safety employees. He then began operating and injured himself. We later took him to the dispensary and supplied him with medical remedy. He has self-inflicted accidents and we’re conducting an inside enquiry to determine the precise sequence of occasions. We’re additionally conducting an enquiry to learn how he recorded the video from a telephone contained in the jail advanced.”

Zafar’s lawyer, advocate M S Khan, confirmed the video, and in his utility moved earlier than the court docket said that the alleged incident was disclosed by the accused to his father telephonically from Tihar Jail.

“The accused was overwhelmed up and compelled to chant spiritual slogans like ‘Jai Shri Ram’ by inmates,” the applying states.

The plea requested that “applicable instructions could also be handed to the Jail Superintendent to look into the matter”.

A number of individuals have been arrested in December 2018 after the NIA carried out searches in coordination with the Particular Cell of Delhi Police and Anti-Terrorism Squad of UP Police at six locations in Jafrabad and Seelampur in Delhi, and 11 locations in Uttar Pradesh — six in Amroha, two in Lucknow, two in Hapur and two in Meerut.

In line with NIA, a “locally-made rocket launcher, materials for suicide vests and 112 alarm clocks for use as timers have been recovered from the searches”.

The company additionally mentioned it recovered 25 kg of explosive materials, metal containers, electrical wires, 91 cellphones, 134 SIM playing cards, three laptops, knife, sword and Islamic State-related literature throughout the searches.

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