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Four new cases registered against Shahabuddin
Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna |
April 25, 2005 20:32 IST
Last Updated: April 26, 2005 00:21 IST
The controversial Rashtriya Janata Dal member of Parliament, Mohammad Shahabuddin, on Monday said he will go to court against the raids on his ancestral house at his native Pratappur village in Bihar's Siwan district.
Talking to rediff.com over telephone from outside Bihar, he said, "I will file petition in the court against the raids, the misbehaviour [of the raiding team] with women and looting of my precious items, including watches and ornaments during raids."
Shahabuddin said there was no search warrant or court order to raid his house.
A joint team of the Special Task Force and district police raided his and his relatives' houses on Sunday and recovered over 250 cartridges, four semi-automatic rifles and a revolver. The police also seized arms and ammunition, two night-vision devices, a walkie-talkie, a deer, skins of a tiger and two deer, besides eight two-wheelers and three four-wheelers, which are suspected to have been stolen.
The police said the raids were conducted following complaints of rampant illegal activities at the village.
Four persons close to Shahabuddin, including his cousins-- Maksud, Jamaluddin and Munshi -- were taken into custody during the raids.
Siwan District Magistrate C K Anil said four new cases were filed against Shahabuddin under the Arms Act, Wild Life Protection Act, Bihar State Electricity Act and Transport Act.
When rediff.com contacted him, Shahabuddin was seething with anger over reports about the new cases being registered against him.
Meanwhile, Shahabuddin's father Mohammad Hasibullah filed a case in a Siwan court against District Magistrate C K Anil and Superintendent of Police Ratan Sanjay for ordering the 'arbitrary' raids and for 'looting' valuables.
Hasibullah, in his case filed in the court of Siwan Chief Judicial Magistrate A K Bariyal, complained that valuables worth nearly Rs 1.5 lakh were 'looted'.
Shahabuddin's wife Heena Sahab told reporters at Pratappur village that the Siwan DM and SP were after her husband and their actions were meant to 'harass' him.
She alleged that the police 'misbehaved' with women during the search, which she claimed was conducted without any 'proper warrant'.
"The women were searched in front of male constables and other male members of the family," she said denying the claim of District Magistrate C K Anil that women constables were involved in the raid too.
With PTI inputs