Hyderabad: MIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi said that if the Justice Bhaskar Rao Commission report on police firing that killed five persons soon after the bomb blast at Mecca Masjid in 2007 is found to have ignored necessary evidence, he would challenge it in the high court.
“We will study the report and if it is found lacking in following the basic legal parameters in justifying the police firing, we will take it up at the necessary forums, including the high court,” Owaisi told TOI.
Information minister D K Aruna had told mediapersons after the cabinet meeting on Tuesday that the commission had concluded that the policemen opened fire on the crowd near the mosque to check violence.
The government had set up the commission to inquire into the police firing following demands from various quarters. On May 18, 2007 the police had opened fire on the crowd that had gathered a little away from the mosque following the bomb blast. The police maintained that had it not opened fire, the crowd would have indulged in arson and violence.
However, civil society members felt that the opening of fire was unwarranted as the crowd was away from the scene of blast and had shown no signs of going berserk.
Reacting to media reports that the commission has given a clean chit to the police, Owaisi’s lawyer Shafeeq Rahman Mahajir said Justice Rao had erred in reaching that conclusion. “If that is the case we will go to court. The citizens have the right to know the value of evidence presented to him and how and why Justice Rao has justified the police firing,” he said. TOI