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Now Zaheera writes to NCM

November 08, 2004 18:39 IST

The key witness in the Best Bakery case, Zaheera Sheikh, on Monday moved the National Commission for Minorities alleging that she was being "pressured" by activist Teesta Setalvad and her nongovernmental organisation.

"We received a letter from her today in which she has complained of being coerced to name innocent persons in the case by Setalvad and her NGO. She has written that she is feeling helpless as she belongs to a minority community," NCM Chairman Tarlochan Singh said in New Delhi.

Zaheera also repeated her allegations that she was forcibly taken to Mumbai by some locals at the behest of Setalvad and that she was also threatened with dire consequences and kept there.

The NCM chairman informed that the NCM had taken cognisance of the complaint.

Zaheera, who made a turnaround last week alleging she was being pressured into naming innocent persons in the case, along with her relatives, is currently at an undisclosed location under police protection.

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