//He did not threaten Modi, claim citizen's group

He did not threaten Modi, claim citizen's group

The man charged with ‘threatening’ Mr Narendra Modi and reportedly ‘pardoned’ later by the Gujarat Chief Minister had merely abused the latter on receipt of an unsolicited mail, a citizen’s group fighting rights abuses said today.

Omar Farooque, the man arrested for sending the e-mail, had replied angrily to an e-mail he received from Mr Modi’s mail address, asking him to attend the annual kite festival, it claimed, rejecting the police claim that he had threatened the Gujarat CM.

Alleging that the Modi regime had harassed other citizens also, the group of scholars, NGO leaders and human rights activists said after a meeting here that the National Human Rights Commission or the Supreme Court should constitute an ”impartial agency” to probe such cases.

At a meeting, they expressed shock that the police should behave like the ”henchman” of any political leader and arrest someone without proper charges.

The police version that Omar was released after he ”realised” his mistake and Mr Modi ”pardoned” him was ”obnoxious and unacceptable”, they said, raising concern over media reports that Gujarat police had unearthed such ”threats” from other parts of India as well.

The meeting was attended by scholars from universities and institutes in Delhi, NGO activists, writers and theatre persons.

New Delhi | February 03, 2006 7:42:03 PM IST