COIMBATORE: The violence that broke out in Ambur condemning the death of Shameel Ahmed is not based on communal grounds, said Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK) MLA M H Jawahirullah here on Friday.
“The violence was targeted at Pallikonda police inspector Martin Premraj as he beat Shameel Ahmed to death during investigation. The inspector had also killed another young man Riyas Khan in custody two years ago. However, members of the Sangh Parivar are giving the incident a communal angle. The violence did not occur between Hindus and Muslims,” Jawahirullah said, while speaking to reporters in the city.
“Members of Hindu organisations are blaming the violence at Ambur on us and allege the presence of MLA A Aslam Basha at the incident site. We condemn the incident and intend to file a defamation case against BJP President Tamilisai Soundarrajan for making derogatory speeches against the MLA,” said Jawahirullah.
He said, “The missing girl Pavithra’s husband had lodged a complaint against Saravana Kumar and three other persons at the police station. Shameel Ahmed's name was not mentioned at all.”
The MLA demanded the State government to install CCTV Cameras to capture investigation procedures in police stations, because as per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) custodial deaths in Tamil Nadu has increased. “While carrying out investigations against persons in custody, the State police have been violating Supreme Court guidelines. In this regard, police personnel should be given training and capturing investigation procedures on tape must be made mandatory,” he said.
The MLA said, “Similar to other prisoners, the State government should allow Muslim community prisoners on parole to stay at their homes at night. Prison authorities, especially in Coimbatore and Salem, are asking them to return to the prison at night,” he said.