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I was forced to sign on blank paper: Suspect Afzal’s wife

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Bengaluru: Following the nationwide raids that took place on the early hours of Friday, Bushra Tabassum, the wife of one of the arrested Mohammed Afzal, said that the team conducting the raid forced her to sign on a blank sheet of paper.
I was forced to sign on blank paper: Suspect Afzal's wife

Addressing reporters at the Press Club on Friday, she said that she refused to sign the paper and when she did so, they wrote on the sheet that the house was not damaged during the search and asked her to sign it. “When they forced me to sign on the sheet, I decided to sign right beneath those two lines. But they made me sign at the bottom of the page”, she added

Afzal, 35, a project manager at IHS, a multi-national company in Whitefield, was living with Tabassum and their four-year-old daughter in Saraipalya near Hegde Nagar off Nagawara junction in Bengaluru North. A diploma-holder, Afzal had worked with a couple of small companies. He took up a job in Saudi Arabia around eight years ago but returned after a few months when his father fell ill. He married Tabassum in 2009.

Tabassum said, “On Friday, around 3 am, we heard a knock on the door and Afzal went to check on it. He peeped through the window and saw a couple of men standing near the door. They pointed a gun at him and told him they were from the Delhi police and wanted to search the house.

Afzal opened the door and around 30 persons, including two women, barged in. They manhandled Afzal and handcuffed him.

“They asked him where he had kept the arms and explosives and with how many terrorist organisations he was involved. The entire house was ransacked during the search. They took away books in Urdu script, two laptops, three mobile phones, including mine, and a few documents,” claimed Tabassum.

When asked if Afzal had travelled abroad, the family said his passport had expired long ago.

Following this, on being asked if Afzal had close links with City-based cleric Syed Anzarshah Qasmi, who was arrested by the Delhi police on charges of terror links, she said they had heard that her husband had gone to a mosque to listen to the cleric’s speech on a couple of occasions but had no close links with him.

 

I was forced to sign on blank paper: Suspect Afzal's wife
I was forced to sign on blank paper: Suspect Afzal's wife
I was forced to sign on blank paper: Suspect Afzal's wife
I was forced to sign on blank paper: Suspect Afzal's wife
I was forced to sign on blank paper: Suspect Afzal's wife

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