Mahboob was picked up by police and later his body was found on railway tracks
November 1 will always bring memories of pain and anguish to the family of Qaseema Bee, 21, a widow from Lalithabagh locality in old city.
For on this ‘unlucky’ day her husband, Shaik Mahboob, went missing from the house after a police team came to pick him up. Two days later his body was found on the railway tracks between Uppuguda and Falaknuma railway station.
The ordeal for the family began in the early hours of November 1 when a CCS police team came to the house of Shaik Mahboob to enquire about the whereabouts of his brother-in-law, Ghouse, an alleged property offender. Mahboob, who collected garbage, stayed close to the house of his in-laws.
However, on not finding Ghouse at his house the police picked up his father, Madaar.
The team then headed to Edi Bazaar and detained one Qasim, a relative of Ghouse. “The policemen enquired about Ghouse and detained us. Later in the evening we were brought again to Lalithabagh and we waited for Mahboob to come.
Police felt he could give them some clue,” said Qasim.
Meanwhile Mahboob, who reached the house and came to know about police picking up his relatives left the house saying that he was going to the police station, the family members say.
However, later in the night Mahboob called his wife and said that he was ending his life due to police harassment and disconnected the phone. The family immediately rushed to Uppuguda and searched for him as he indicated that he was near Uppuguda. “Though it was raining heavily we searched for him for three to four hours but could not locate him,” says Qaseema Bee, wife of the deceased.
It was only on November 3 that Qasim received a call that Mahboob’s body was found on the railway tracks. “As I could not understand the language I asked the police to speak. They informed about Mahboob’s death and immediately let us off,” Qasim said.
The family alleges that two years ago when Mahboob and other family members were picked up by the police they were beaten up with leather belts. “We told police that he is not coming to our house for past six or seven years but again they come and harass us,” says a family member.
The family has not come out of the shock as yet. “He headed to work in the morning and came back in the afternoons. Neither did he have the habit of smoking or consuming alcohol,” says Hassan, his uncle.
He is worried about the two children left by Mahboob. Who will look after two-year-old Khaja Hussain and four-year-old Hassan Basha?
When contacted the Central Crime Station (CCS) officials denied having either summoned Mahboob or illegally detaining his relatives.