Four months on, CBI yet to file charge sheet in Hari Masjid police firing case
Submitted by admin4 on 26 May 2009 – 8:01pm.
* Indian Muslim
By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter,
Mumbai: It has been about four months since the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took the charge of the Hari Masjid firing case but it did not submit the charge sheet yet. While taking the case in their hand in February this year, after the intervention of the Bombay High Court, the central government agency had expressed confidence to file the charge sheet within 15 days.
The CBI has made no progress in the case except recording the statement of the petitioner Farooq Mapkar, says a report in the Urdu Times daily.
It was on January 10, 1993 during Bombay riots when a police contingent led by then Sub Inspector Nikhil Kapse opened fire at the Muslims offering prayer in Hari Masjid at Wadala under RAK Marg Police Station. Six persons died in the police firing.
Farooq Mapkar, who is among those who were injured by police bullet in the firing, had told Justice Sri Krishna Commission, formed for the investigation into the riots, that Nikhil Kapse had fired at the Namazees without reason. The Commission had held him “guilty of unjustified firing” and “inhuman and brutal behavior.”
But the government did not believe the commission observation and formed Special Task Force which later gave clean chit to the police. After many years of battle when Farooq Mapkar did not get justice, he filed a petition in the Bombay High Court.
The High Court on December15, 2008 came down heavily on the state government and the CBI in the case and asked why the central investigating agency was not taking up the case. After initial hesitation CBI agreed to probe the firing.