Terror accused dies in police van in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow An accused in a serial blasts case in Uttar Pradesh, died today while he was being brought to Lucknow from a Faizabad court in a police van.

Khalid Mujahid, the accused, allegedly had a heart attack. Sources say there are no signs of any injury on his body to suggest any foul play.

An autopsy which is being conducted by a panel of government-appointed doctors will reveal the cause of Khalid's death. A probe into the death will be conducted by the state Home Secretary, an Additional Director General and an Inspector General level officer.

Mujahid was an accused in the Gorakhpur, Lucknow and Faizabad serial blasts case. In November, serial blasts had ripped through the three cities killing more than a dozen and injuring several people.

A court in Barabanki had recently rejected the state government's plea to withdraw terror cases against him and another accused Tariq Qasmi.

The Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Government was trying to fulfill its controversial manifesto commitment to review terror charges against innocent Muslim youth who had been allegedly framed in terror cases during the former Mayawati government.
Story First Published: May 18, 2013 18:50 IST

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