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Terror suspect says Goa cops framed him

Terror suspect Sameer Sardana, 44, accused the Goa Police and Central security agencies of taunting him over his interest in Islam.

Ahead of leaving Goa on Thursday, the Dehradun-based chartered accountant, who was released on bail last week, said he had stored information about bomb blasts on his laptop because he fancied himself as a spoof-artist.

In a chat with presspersons, Sardana also blamed the police for trying to allegedly frame him in a terror case and torturing him.

Sardana, son of a retired Major General, who was arrested on February 2 by the anti-terror squad of the Goa Police, spent more than a week in police custody, where he was quizzed by officials of the State police, National Investigation Agency and other security agencies. “There was physical torture, and racial taunts. I believe I have been framed and racially profiled,” Sardana said.

Sardana was arrested under Section 41 of the Criminal Procedure Code by the ATS from a dormitory at the Vasco railway station in south Goa after the Railway Police reported him for suspicious movement. Following his arrest, the police seized five passports and several SIM cards. A scan of his laptop by cyber experts had revealed data about previous bomb blasts.

Sardana also accused the police of trying to turn public opinion against him.

Director General of Police TN Mohan, however, said there was incriminating evidence against Sardana. He denied that he had been taunted and tortured.

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