Mangaluru: “Abubaker Siddique is innocent and the rural police have fixed him in the Ulaibettu case,” said Siddique’s family member Mohammed Sheriff in a press meet held at the Press Club, Urwa here on December 15.
Addressing the mediapersons, Mohammed Sheriff said that in the Ulaibettu case, the rural police had called Mohammed Iqbal and Mohammed Shahid to the station on October 25. When they went to the police station, they were detained and accused of involvement in the Ulaibettu case. After 3 days, the police produced Shahid before the court and later on 29 October, Mohammed Iqbal was also produced before the court. Sowmya did not file any case against them but both Iqbal and Shahid were tortured by the rural police in connection to the Ulaibettu case. On December 5, 2014, Shahid had filed a complaint against Bajrang Dal activists, said Sheriff.
He further said that the police are harassing innocent people from the Muslim community by fixing them in false cases. In this regard, Muslim leaders met the police commissioner and informed that Muslim youth were being targeted by the police and fixed in false cases. “When the rural police led by Inspector Pramod Kumar came to know that the Muslim leaders met the police commissioner, Pramod Kumar got into action and arrested Abubaker Siddique when he was playing cricket. Siddique is the son of Shekabba, and is not involved in any case. There was a case was filed against another Siddique who is the son of Usman. But now Shekabba’s son is being targeted by the police. We are filing a case against Sowmya for false allegations against Siddique and we are preparing to lock the Panchayat door. Sowmya’s statement that ‘all the Muslims in Ulaibettu are bad’ will create communal tension in Ulaibettu,” he said.
Abubaker Siddique’s sisters, Nafia and Naseema, sister-in-law Aseeba and uncle Mohammed were also present at the press meet.