1996 train blast accused poisoned in jail: Magisterial inquiry

Shakeel Ahmad, accused in the 1996 Frontier Mail bomb blast, was poisoned to death in custody and did not commit suicide as was claimed by a top jail official, a magisterial inquiry has found.

Updated: Jul 02, 2010, 22:34 PM IST

Ghaziabad: Shakeel Ahmad, accused in the
1996 Frontier Mail bomb blast, was poisoned to death in
custody and did not commit suicide as was claimed by a top
jail official, a magisterial inquiry has found.

The inquiry report said that the viscera examination
of Shakeel, found hanging from the ceiling of his cell in
high-security Dasna Jail here on June 19, 2009, showed
aluminium phosphide poisoning, official sources said.

The then Dasna Jail Superintendent, V K Singh, who was
last Monday transferred to Bareilly Central Jail, had earlier
claimed that Shakeel was found hanging in his cell and a
suicide note was also found.

After the post-mortem could not pinpoint the cause of
death, the viscera was sent to Agra laboratory.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had sent a
notice to the district magistrate and the jail superintendent
to submit the viscera report after Shakeel`s family accused
the police of killing him in jail.

Two persons were killed in the blast which occurred in
the train here in 1996. He was arrested in 1999 and was kept
in Tihar jail in Delhi. In September 2006, he was shifted to
Dasna district jail.

PTI