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UP: CBI to probe terror suspect Khalid Mujahid's death

May 19, 2013 04:24 PM IST India India

Lucknow: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will probe how Khalid Mujahid, an accused in the serial blasts in Uttar Pradesh in 2007, died while being taken to a prison in Lucknow from Barabanki on Saturday. Forty-two policemen, including senior officers, have been booked for the alleged murder of Khalid. Among the police officers booked are former Uttar Pradesh DGP Vikram Singh and DGP (Training) Brij Lal.

Police claim Khalid, who was being brought to Lucknow after a court hearing, suffered a heart attack during his transit and was rushed to hospital, where doctors declared him dead. Dharmendra Singh Yadav, DIG of Faizabad, said the autopsy report would confirm the cause of death. He said Khalid's condition suddenly deteriorated near the Ram Snehi Ghat in Faizabad and he fainted.

The serial blasts of 2007 had rocked Lucknow, Gorakhpur and Faizabad. Khalid was one of the accused for whom the state government had recommended withdrawal of cases. The move was quashed by a court earlier this week.

The Akhilesh Yadav government has ordered a separate inquiry into Khalid's death. "We have taken the matter seriously. A high level committee has been formed to investigate the case," said state Home Secretary Rakesh Mishra. On the inquiry panel are Mishra, an additional director general of police and an inspector general of police, said a statement issued by the chief minister's office.