Parents of blast suspect allege torture of son

Last Updated: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 20:25

New Delhi: The parents of Wasim Akram Malik,
accused of playing an important role in the September seven
Delhi High Court Blast, have alleged that their son was being
"pressured" to own the responsibility for the incident, a
charge denied by the NIA.

Reyaz Malik and his wife Shameema, who claimed that they
were summoned by National Investigation Agency sleuths on
October 17, are in the dark about the welfare of their son
Wasim, who was studying medicine in Bangladesh.

They alleged that their son was being "pressured" by the
NIA officials to accept the responsibility of the blast by
giving a confessional statement.
"We last spoke to Wasim on October 19 when NIA officials
made him to talk to his mother. In that brief conversation,
our son told us that the policemen accompanying him had
promised his migration to Jammu college only if he accepted
the knowledge of the blast," Malik, a Jammu and Kashmir
Government employee, told PTI here.

"Our son also told us that NIA officials wanted to pin
the entire blame on his 16-year-old younger brother Junaid
Akram who is missing for past one year," he said.

The couple quoted their relatives, who saw him recently
in Kishtawar when he was taken by NIA officials, saying that
he could barely walk because of "intense torture".
NIA spokesperson denied the allegation and said "there is
no truth in the charges levelled by the parents as we have to
produce him before a court. Only today the Judge asked him
whether he was subjected to any torture and Wasim denied the
same."

PTI



First Published: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 20:25

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