Patna: The Bihar Police on Friday rubbished media reports quoting a central security agency that the state Minorities Welfare Minister Shahid Ali Khan was suspected to have links with two Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives.
"We have received reports from Motihari and Sitamarhi SPs that Khan has no link with the two IM activists Jameel Akhtar and Mansoor Sai - natives of East Champaran district," Additional Director General of Police (ADG), Headquarters, Ravindra Kumar told reporters at a press conference.
Kumar said the Bihar Police had received a letter from the SSB last month seeking verification of charge about Khan allegedly having links with the two IM operatives on the basis of which the Special Task Force (STF) asked the Motihari and Sitamarhi SPs to probe the matter.
Both of them have found the allegation against the Minister as false, he said.
The Minister told reporters that he never had any contact with any IM operative, but said it was quite possible the two might know him.
Stating that it was convenient for the media and his detractors to accuse any person from the Muslim minority of terror links, Khan demanded a probe and said either he should be prosecuted if the charge against him was proved true or those accusing him should be brought to book.
The ADG (Headquarter) said the STF had received the reply from the Sitmarhi SP on January 26 and from Motihari SP this evening.
Kumar said the two district police chiefs also sent a detailed background about the two IM operatives stating that Akhtar was a native of Motihari, has been living in Bargania village in Sitamarhi district for the past eight years and running a cycle shop, while Sai belonged to Phulbaria village under Dhaka police station area in Motihari and was working as a mason.
About the details of the SSB`s letter to the Bihar STF, he said it was sent to the Bihar Police in January and it ran into three-four pages, but refused to give details.
The opposition BJP, however, demanded a reaction from Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
The state government must come clean on the terror link charge against its minister or else the BJP would not allow the brief session of the state legislature from next week to function, former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said.
Senior RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddique also demanded a probe into the matter.