The Yerawada police on Wednesday filed the charge-sheet in the murder of the 28-year-old Indian Mujahideen (IM) suspect Mohammed Qateel Jafir Siddiqui on June 8 in Yerawada Central Jail.
Police had arrested Sharad Hiraman Mohol and Alok Bhalerao, two criminals lodged in the same jail for the murder.
Mohol and Bhalerao had allegedly strangulated Qateel with a drawstring, which they later destroyed. Qateel had been brought to Pune on transit remand from Delhi by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad.
Qateel’s role in various terror attacks was being investigated by several investigating agencies across India. Senior inspector Koshor Jadhav of Yerawada police station said, “The two were booked under Section 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) and 34 (common motive). There are no additional charges.”
Sources said the investigators have submitted a 350-page charge-sheet. The state government had suspended the then jail superintendent and had ordered an inquiry by the state CID.
After primary investigation, police had stuck to the theory that the murder was the fallout of a petty dispute and had said there was no other motive. Jadhav added, “The dispute took place as Qateel used to talk to the duo arrogantly, which did not go down well with them.”
Meanwhile, Qateel’s brother, Shakeel, who is in their hometown Darbhanga in Bihar said over phone, “We feel there is scope for more investigations. Justice has not been done. We were allowed to speak to Qateel when he was in Delhi and Bangalore. But we were not allowed to talk to him once he was taken to Pune.”