Raja Aijaz hits back: Says Omar main accused in Haji Yousuf case

‘Yousuf was interrogated for 3 hours at CM’s official residence’

Greater Kashmir
Publish Date: Dec 6 2014 12:00PM

Srinagar, Dec 5: Breaking his silence over the mysterious death of National Conference (NC) worker Haji Syed Yousuf, the then Inspector General Crime Branch, Raja Ajaz Ali Friday accused Chief Minister Omar Abdullah of trying to brazen out the accusations against him saying “no matter how clean imaged Omar Abdullah may try to present himself, he will always stand out in history as the main accused in the Haji Yousuf case.”
Pertinently, Omar Abdullah had, while addressing an election rally at Uri yesterday, accused Raja Aijaz of being involved in the death of Haji Yousuf.
“Go and check the records in Crime Branch, Haji Yousuf was with us only for twenty minutes. As soon as he reached the headquarters of Crime Branch, his health deteriorated and we immediately shifted him to hospital. His (Haji Yousuf’s) face and body language indicated that he was harassed, tortured and beaten up at the residence of Chief Minister,” Raja Ajaz Ali told Srinagar based news gathering agency adding that despite knowing the facts, Omar Abdullah is trying to mislead the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
 “It is a fact on record that Haji Yousuf was summoned by Omar Abdullah himself to his Gupkar residence to settle some murky money dealings. On the directions of Omar, his conduits forcibly brought Haji Yousuf at his residence, interrogated, and harassed him from 3 pm to 6:15 pm. Even CCTV footage showed how hale and hearty Haji Yousuf was when he entered into the house of Chief Minister and the same CCTV footage displayed how much he was under stress after coming out from the room,” Raja Ajaz Ali said adding that to hush up the matter, Omar Abdullah constituted one-man Bedi Commission with an intent that its recommendations could have no binding on him.
The former IG Crime who is contesting on PDP ticket from Uri assembly segment told CNS that hours after the death of Haji Yousuf, Omar Abdullah transferred his personal security officer. “Omar transferred his personal security officers, especially Shabir Ahmed as it was known to him that his conduits and security officers tortured and harassed Haji Yousuf. Can Omar tell the people why he transferred his personal security officers soon after the death of Yousuf,” he said.
He added that by leveling allegations against him, Omar Abdullah has been contradicting his own government. “I was IG Crime then. Let us assume, Yousuf died in police custody. Doesn’t that mean that Omar Abdullah and his government are responsible for the death? Omar is acting like a child and I pity his wisdom,” Ali said and added that Yousuf was for 20 minutes with the Crime Branch and during that period they approached Magistrate to seek remand for him.
Raja Ajaz Ali said instead of following the systemic procedures by involving the concerned institutions Omar called a person to his residence to seek the account of dirty money collected from party aspirants in lieu of MLC and ministerial berths, which will never be erased from the family history of Abdullah household.
“By all accounts the death of Haji Yousuf was linked to money and serves as the worst example of political corruption patronized by the NC leadership from last eight decades in the state and Omar will have to answer for all his omissions and commissions and serious corruption charges against him,” he said and demanded a thorough probe into the matter. “The death of Haji Yousuf needs to be thoroughly and fairly probed. Nobody is above law and guilty should be forced to face the wrath of law of land,” Raja Ajaz said. CNS

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