Tumakuru Suspect’s friends say NIA Tortured Them
TUMAKURU: The childhood friends of terror suspect Syed Mujahid (33), who was picked up from his residence here at PH Colony on January 21 by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), on Wednesday alleged that NIA personnel had subjected them to an ordeal for not listening to them.
They said they will be writing separately to the Chief Justice of India and the Karnataka HC CJ in this regard. The trio, Syed Asif, Mansoor and Firoz, claimed that the NIA personnel summoned them to their office in Bengaluru on March 30 and March 31.
They were tutored to confess on some counts and produced before the judge at the 15th ACCM Court. When they did not do so, they were tortured by the NIA personnel, they alleged.
Asif told Express that he replied with a complete ‘no’ when the NIA personnel asked him whether Mujahid showed him any video of ISIS.
“But I told them that I and Mujahid were born and brought in the same locality and we were into the business of selling used cars,” he said.
Since they were afraid of the NIA giving more trouble to them, they were writing to the CJI and the HC CJ, he said.
A Bengaluru based lawyer S A Akmal, the state secretary for Movement for Justice, has been supporting the trio to get justice, said Welfare Party of India leader Tajuddien.