Abu Salem writes to cops, claims lo­cals usurped his UP land

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Nation - Faisal Tan­del faisal.tan­del@htlive.com ■

MUM­BAI: Abu Salem An­sari, con­victed for his role in the 1993 blasts case and for the mur­der of builder Pradeep Jain, has writ­ten a let­ter to Sarai Mir po­lice sta­tion in Aza­m­garh dis­trict, Ut­tar Pradesh, claim­ing that lo­cal villagers have al­legedly forged doc­u­ments and taken pos­ses­sion of his an­ces­tral prop­erty that comes un­der its lim­its.

He has asked the po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate and take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion. In the let­ter dated March 6, 2018, a copy of which is with HT, Salem claims to be suf­fer­ing from sleep­less nights at Taloja jail af­ter he learnt the land was usurped.

Salem claims his brother, Abu Hakim, had taken the doc­u­ments re­lated to the land from the tehsil of­fice on March 30, 2013, and regis­tered the plot in his name along with that of his brothers.

But on Novem­ber 6, 2017, when his brother went to the tehsil of­fice, he learnt the land was in the name of lo­cals Mo­hammed Nafees, Mo­hammed Shaukat, Sar­wari, Moin­ud­din, Ak­laq, Ak­laq Khan and Nadeem Akhtar. “Hence, it’s clear Nafees and oth­ers have, with the help of of­fi­cials from the tehsil of­fice, made fraud­u­lent doc­u­ments to usurp the prop­erty,” writes Salem in the let­ter.

Salem has asked for a proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the case so that the guilty can be booked. Abu Hakim, Salem’s brother, said, “We had given a let­ter to the tehsil of­fice three months ago, and had in­formed them about the fraud. But it did not evoke any re­sponse from them. We are not in a po­si­tion to fight them, so we kept quiet. Salem got to know about the is­sue through a rel­a­tive and he wrote the let­ter. The lo­cal po­lice sta­tion called me to record my state­ment.”

Naren­dra Pratap Singh, su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice, Aza­m­garh (Ru­ral), said, “Abu Salem had sent an ap­pli­ca­tion from Mum­bai jail... claim­ing his an­ces­tral prop­erty was usurped. Af­ter we re­ceived the let­ter, we con­ducted an in­quiry and called all the seven peo­ple, in­clud­ing Nafees, who showed us doc­u­ments that stated they had bought the land from villagers.”

“But it is a prop­erty is­sue and con­cerns the rev­enue de­part­ment. We will in­form the de­part­ment and take their help in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” said Singh.

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