Rehman: ‘United move was a no-brainer’

By Will Astbury

Zesh Rehman’s brother has claimed that the footballer made the right decision when he agreed to be transferred to a new club in Thailand.

Riz Rehman, who is the CEO of the Zesh Rehman Foundation – a charity organisation which operates in Bradford and Manchester, described to Manchester Mouth how his brother’s transfer to Muangthong United came about and why it was the right move for the footballer.

Apparently the offer for Zesh, who was the first British Asian to play in the Premier League and was Bradford captain at the time, came as a surprise to both the player and his people…

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Man charged for Asghar murder

SORELY MISSED: Asghar was stabbed in a Manchester city centre flat and died two days later

AN OLDHAM man has been charged with the murder of Zhen Asghar.

Haashim Us Salaam, 20, of Werneth Hall Road, appeared at Manchester City Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 18 March 2010 to answer the charges against him.

Asghar, 18, of Mallowdale Crescent, Bolton, was injured at a flat near the Printworks, Manchester, on Monday 21 September 2009.

He was stabbed several times as he celebrated at an Eid party at the flat and died two days later on Wednesday 23 September 2009.

Twenty-two people were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and have been released without charge.

Asghar’s funeral took place on Tuesday 29 September at New Madina Mosque (also known as Russell Street Mosque) in Bolton.

Wanted drug dealer disappears

WANTED: Drug dealer Mohammed Imran Ali is wanted back in prison for breaching his licence

POLICE are appealing for the public’s help to trace a convicted drug dealer who is wanted on recall to prison.

Mohammed Imran Ali, 29, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, was jailed for seven years on 3 November 2004 for drugs offences.

He was released from prison in September 2008 but has since breached the terms of his licence.

Police also wish to speak to Ali in connection with further drugs offences.

PC Martin Wildman, from the intelligence unit at Oldham, said: “By flouting the terms of his licence, Ali has shown a complete disregard for the law.

“He knows that he is wanted by the police and I would urge anyone with information as to his whereabouts to us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 872 5050, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Two charged with shooting of Oldham man

Two men have been charged with the murder of Amran Khan in Oldham.

Brett Francis and Jordan Francis, both 26, both of Birch Avenue, Oldham, have been charged with murder.

Amran, 29, died after being shot outside a house on Nugget Street, St Mary’s, at 10.30pm on Friday 18 September 2009.

The two men are due to appear at Oldham Magistrates’ Court on Monday 28 September 2009.

Cop’s turban a hairy issue

Will Astbury

A Sikh cop that is suing Greater Manchester Police gets a ‘sorry’ from a complaint official.

Gurmeal Singh, 31, accused his employers of discrimination on race and religious grounds. He said he was forced to take off his turban during riot training because officers wanted him to wear a helmet.

The Asian News reported that at Mr Singh’s employment tribunal Roz Caplan, formerly of the GMP’s equalities unit, said that the Sikh cop’s case could have been dealt with better and offered her apologies directly to Singh.

Mr Singh, who joined the force six years ago, said he felt humiliated at being made to remove his turban and like he had been made to betray his oaths to Sikhism.

He left work sick in 2008 because of fears he may be made to remove his turban again for another training session. Mr Singh said he was also concerned that he may be made to wear his turban on top of his helmet as depicted in the BBC’s ‘Only Fools and Horses’.

Ms Caplan, who left GMP in 2008, admitted seeing Mr Singh in 2007 when the cop’s original complaints were voiced. She also conceded that the complaints were not passed to the proper authorities meaning that Singh was still called up for the training course.

Mr Singh, who is by supported the British Sikh Police Association, is now seeking £200,000 compensation.

The turban issue for Sikh officers is a problem said Ms Caplan. She claimed that she had made recommendations on the issue to the chief constable but they were not adopted.

Sikh soldiers were famous for refusing to wear helmets in WW1 and WW2, preferring to fight in their turbans.

There have been cries from some groups for new bulletproof turbans to be developed.

Keep checking Manchester Mouth for updates on this story.

Teen murdered

Zhen Asghar was stabbed to death in a Manchester city centre flat

Zhen Asghar was stabbed to death in a Manchester city centre flat

A 20-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder of a Bolton teenager who died on Wednesday 23 September 2009.

The man was arrested after a disturbance in Manchester city centre and has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Zhen Asghar, 18, of Mallowdale Crescent in Bolton, was stabbed several times as he celebrated at an Eid party in a flat near the Printworks on Monday 21 September 2009 and died two days later.

Twenty-three people were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and have been released on bail pending further inquiries until the week commencing Monday 2 November 2009.

A 20-year-old man was re-arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday 23 September 2009 and has been bailed until Tuesday 3 November 2009.

A post mortem examination is due to take place on Thursday 24 September 2009.

Anyone with information is asked to call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 872 5050 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.