Qureshi case: Brother demands action against police

Demanding justice to Ahmed Qureshi, a 27-year-old murder suspect, his family members have urged the city police commissioner to initiate action against the police officers who were responsible for ‘torturing’ him.

Briefing reporters, Qureshi’s brother Mohammed Nishad said Qureshi is suffering from kidney-related ailments due to the torture meted out to him by the CCB police. A criminal case should be filed against the CCB police officers and suitable compensation should be paid for the livelihood of Qureshi. The government should bear the medical expenses of Qureshi, he demanded.

Disputing the claims of the police that Qureshi was arrested on March 27,  Nishad said his brother was arrested on March 21 from court premises, when the latter had arrived in connection with the hearing of a case. As the case was adjourned for afternoon and the police had taken him after the arrest, the advocate, had submitted a memo to the court of principal district and sessions judge in the afternoon to bring it to the notice, on police arrest.

The judge had issued a warrant as well. As the police had failed to produce him to the court within 24 hours, advocates Hafeez and Narayana had moved a search warrant application to the court claiming illegal detention of Qureshi by the police on March 22. Accepting the petition, the court had appointed advocate Ismail as court commissioner to search for Qureshi, he added.

Nishad said he had met DCP Sanjiv Patil on March 26 to know whereabouts. It was only later that the police produced him before the judge. The statement issued by Qureshi in front of the judge was far from truth and he was forced by the police to state that the bruises on his body was due to a road accident, he claimed.

Ashraf Agnadi, advocate of Qureshi, said Nishad has sought information on the case sheet and discharge summary of Qureshi, through RTI from Wenlock Hospital superintendent Dr Rajeshwari Devi, three days ago. Meanwhile, City Police Commissioner M Chandra Sekhar said DCP (Law and Order) K M Shantaraju has been asked to submit a report on the health condition of Ahmed Qureshi within two days.

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