Suspected terrorist attacked in Tihar; jail`s response sought

A Delhi court today sought a response from Tihar jail authorities after a suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorist appeared before it with a bandaged face complaining that he had been attacked inside his cell.

Last Updated: Sep 01, 2010, 00:47 AM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court today sought a
response from Tihar jail authorities after a suspected Indian
Mujahideen terrorist appeared before it with a bandaged face
complaining that he had been attacked inside his cell.

Taking a serious view of the incident, Additional
Sessions Judge Santosh Snehi Mann directed the jail
authorities to transfer Salman to another cell.

The accused submitted that before the court he had been
brutally assaulted by blade-wielding attackers inside his cell
at Tihar Jail here on August 27.

"This is something not acceptable at all," the judge
remarked and sought a report tomorrow from Tihar Jail
authorities on the incident.

Salman remained absconding after his name surfaced in the
cases of the serial blasts in the capital on September 13,
2008 before being arrested by Uttar Pradesh police in March
this year.

He made an oral submission during the on-going hearing on
the arguments being advanced on charges to be framed against
the accused in the five cases registered in connection with
the blasts.

"Even after the incident, the authorities did not do
anything. They are ready to do anything just for Rs 500. I
still apprehend serious threat to my life. I do not want to go
to that cell in Tihar Jail which is full of blade-wielding
attackers," Salman alleged.

To the court query as to who attacked him, he named one
Deepak as one of the attackers. He claimed that there were
22 stitches in his face and head.

His counsel Khalil A Ansari and Iftikar Ahmed referred to
two earlier applications filed by the accused apprehending
danger to his life in the jail.

Resuming his arguments in the blast cases, Ansari sought
discharge of IM suspects Mohd Hakim, Saquib Nissar and Shahzad
claiming that the Delhi Police had no evidence against them
except disclosure statements.

He also read out some transcripts to buttress his point.

The arguments on the charges on behalf of the 14 suspects
arrested so far in the five cases remained inconclusive and
are likely to continue on the next date of hearing on
September 14.

Out of the 14 suspects, a total of 11 accused are lodged
at Sabarmati Jail in Ahmedabad for their alleged role in
serial blasts there on July 26, 2008.

-PTI