MUMBAI: An Indore resident, Ramswarup Patidar, has alleged that his brother, Dilip, has gone missing since the anti-terrorism squad (ATS),
Maharashtra took him away from his home for questioning in the Malegaon blast case on November 10, 2008.
The Indore bench of the Madhya Pradesh high court
recently asked the Indore police to investigate the whereabouts of Dilip with help of the ATS, and to submit a report by May 2. The petitioner claimed that on the night of November 10, the ATS, along with a sub-inspector of the local Khajrana police station in Indore, had taken Dilip to Mumbai in connection with a case. It was not known which case it was then. On November 20, Dilip allegedly called up his cousin Alkesh Solia and said he was in the custody of the ATS. On November 24, Ramswarup filed a habeas corpus petition in the MP high court.
At the HC, the ATS submitted that they did take Dilip to Mumbai on November 10-11 and his statement was recorded on November 13, 16 and 18. After that, according to the ATS, he expressed his willingness to give a statement before the metropolitan magistrate at Mumbai. Dilip was apparently allowed to go back to collect his identity proof on November 18. He did not show up after that, the ATS submitted.
They also said phone records show that Dilip’s cellphone was used on November 20 near Bhopal. This, the ATS said, established that he was not with the ATS on November 20.
Additional commissioner of police, Parambir Singh of the ATS said the habeas corpus petition has not been admitted. “The Indore police have been asked to probe a complaint of Dilip being missing,” he said.
Ramswarup’s lawyer, Deepak Rawal said Dilip’s statement was already recorded on November 1, at Indore when the ATS allegedly broke open the lock of the house of Shivnarayan Kalsangra, one of the prime accused in the case. The ATS had searched the house, Rawal said. Dilip was a tenant in the same house, which is presumably why he was questioned. Parambir Singh said Dilip was also a relative of the prime accused, Ramji Kalsangra (who is absconding), and had left Mumbai on November 18 after he was told to bring identity proof. “He did reach Bhopal, we know from his cellphone records. But he did not turn up after that.”
Asked why he was not produced in court between November 11 and November 18, Singh said, “He was not in custody. He had a place to live in Mumbai. He was going home every day (from the ATS office).”