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Tihar denies sexual harassment allegations by Al-Qaeda suspect

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Tihar Jail authorities have told a city that a sexual harassment complaint filed by a British national inside the prison, where he is lodged for allegedly recruiting youths for al-Qaeda to carry out terror activities, were false and moved with ulterior motives.

The jail authorities informed Additional Sessions Judge Siddharth Sharma that the allegations were "just an endeavour to perpetrate the three tier security system and also to browbeat the prison administration."

"These can only be termed as effective skulduggery adopted by mastermind criminals to bring them in limelight not only before the courts but also before the media with perilous ulterior motives," the authorities told the through the counsel.

27-year-old Shamiun Rahman, a British national of Bangladeshi origin, was arrested in September for his alleged involvement in recruiting Rohingya Muslims for the terror outfit and train them to fight against the Myanmarese army.

In his application, he had alleged that he was sexually harassed by Tihar Jail security personnel and inhuman behaviour was meted out to him by the prison authorities.

The accused alleged that he was forced to live in inhuman conditions inside the jail and it lacks basic facilities such as proper food, drinking water, sanitation and medical aid.

Earlier, the Special Cell of Delhi police had alleged that Rahman alias Raju Bhai was radicalised in a jail in London where he was lodged on charges of rash driving.

In India, he had visited and stayed at various madrassas in Kishanganj (Bihar), Hazaribagh (Jharkhand), NCR and other places. He also had plans to set up base in Mizoram or Manipur to train radicalised youths.

An FIR was filed by the special cell after his arrest under various provisions relating to the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Arms Act and Passport Act.

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First Published: Thu, November 09 2017. 19:57 IST