Sunday, March 26, 2017

135 arrested from South Kashmir

*135 arrested in south Kashmir’*

*In Pulwama district the number of people arrested in last two weeks has reached around 115. Among them is a 65 year old man too. The arrested persons are lodged in various police stations of the district,” claimed a source.*
KHALID GUL

Anantnag : Mar 26 2017

Ahead of by polls for Anantnag parliamentary seat, Police have launched a massive crackdown against youth in south Kashmir by arresting at least 135 youth in past two weeks. Around 115 of them have been rounded up in Pulwama Police district alone, sources told Greater Kashmir.
They said that these youth have been picked up from Karimabad, Kakpora, Lelhar, Tahab, Naira, Mitrigam, Muran , Kongan, Ruhmu and Goosu areas.

Last night, , locals said, in Mitrigam village Police raided several houses and arrested at least a dozen youth allegedly involved in stone pelting and protests.
“The arrested youth were wanted for disrupting law and order in the district by resorting to violence,” a police official said.
“In Pulwama district  the number of people arrested in last two weeks has reached around 115. Among them is a 65 year old man too. The arrested persons are lodged in various police stations of the district,” claimed a source.
While talking to Greater Kashmir Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Pulwama Rayees Bhat said, "Arrested youth were involved in creating law and order problem. About 70 youth have been arrested in Pulwama during past few days".
“In Awantipora police district a youth of Braw Bandian village was arrested by Police  for carrying  election boycott posters. In Shopian district at least 20 youth have been rounded up so far. These people have been arrested from Imam Sahib, Harmain and Memandar areas,” the source added.
The SSP Shopian Tahir Saleem said, “The arrested youth are involved in stone pelting."
In Kulgam, district locals said, at least 3 youth were rounded up in Chawalgam village after PDP workers convention was pelted with stones at Dakbanglow-Kulgam. Three PDP workers had sustained injuries in the attack.  “Police have booked our kin on frivolous grounds and are now delaying their release,” the families alleged. They also alleged harassment during nocturnal raids.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

http://www.kashmirreader.com/2017/03/25/sarjan-barkati-released-re-arrested-police/
http://www.kashmirreader.com/2017/03/25/justice-bd-ahmed-new-jk-chief-justice/
http://www.kashmirreader.com/2017/03/25/nocturnal-raids-continue-3-civilians-arrested-shopian/
http://www.kashmirreader.com/2017/03/24/man-held-election-boycott-posters-awantipora/

Monday, March 13, 2017

Two youth arrested in SSM College

Massive protests by students in SSM College against Pulwama killings. Two youth were held after police barged inside SSM campus for holding pro-Azadi protests. Earlier, students held funeral in absentia for 15-year old Aamir Nazir, who is brother of an SSM student hailing from Pulwama.

http://www.kashmirreader.com/2017/03/13/psa-quashed-court-dec-bandipora-man-still-missing/

Sunday, March 12, 2017

#13March: #TOdayinHISTORY #Kashmir f

:1971 Sheikh supported proxy candidate Shamim in Elections ,to defeat Bakshi ,but left the Elcetion Boycott Policy.
  1975: Delhi Accord is passed by Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament). .
 1990: Sheikh Abdullah 's House was gutted by Locals. CID Officer wsa killed in Chanpora. http://freepresskashmir.com/bhutto-predicts-victory-for-kashmiri-independence-campign/  Binazir Supported Kashmir in AJK Assembly in Shimla agreement . Pak FM ..just two options only. http://freepresskashmir.com/indian-prime-minister-tells-pakistan-to-stay-out-of-kashmir-uprising/.
1991 Attack on Qazigund   Army convey.
1993 DOM Jamiat Chief  Nasir Ul Islam along with other.
1994: http://freepresskashmir.com/moslem-rebels-launch-massive-attacks-in-kashmir/  Javeed Mir arrested , earlier Shabir Sidiqi was arrested .
1995: Protest against Charar Siege. http://freepresskashmir.com/army-siege-of-shrine-town-spark-protests-across-kashmir/ ,< .
1996: http://freepresskashmir.com/former-kashmiri-militant-leaders-to-hold-talks-with-indian-government/ ,<  .
1997:Gh Qadir Wani  gave article in D Excelsior , after coming back. Nigeria Nobel Prize Winner was booked under Treason. 1997: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said settlement of Jammu and Kashmir imbroglio is imperative for both India and Pakistan.
Addressing at a reception hosted in his honour by all the Jammu & Kashmir Muslim Conference he said both the countries would be able to divert their resources for national development if the decades old tangle is resolved. The president of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation League (JKLL) Abdul Majeed Malik has said that the people of Kashmir believe in the right to self-determination and integrity of their state and would accept nothing short of these. Pakistan rejected Indian leaders’ claim that Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India and reiterated internationally recognized position that the state was a disputed territory. The internationally recognised position is that Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory, a foreign office spokesman said in a statement.
The future of the region had yet to be decided by its people through a referendum as set out by UN Security Council resolutions, the spokesman said.
Indian Defence M Mulayam Singh Yadav “will not hesitate to make any sacrifice or efforts” to get back Azad Kashmir. 
 2002: http://freepresskashmir.com/protest-in-kashmir-over-blasphemous-remark/  http://freepresskashmir.com/ten-militants-among-dozen-killed-in-kashmir/  http://freepresskashmir.com/ten-militants-among-dozen-killed-in-kashmir/  India ready for Give and take solution.  Adwani..
 2003 http://freepresskashmir.com/six-die-in-bus-blast-taxi-ambush-in-kashmir-2/  http://freepresskashmir.com/four-killed-in-blast-on-bus-in-kashmir/,< http://freepresskashmir.com/kashmir-forgets-war-to-watch-india-pakistan-cricket/  .
2004 :  http://freepresskashmir.com/six-die-in-bus-blast-taxi-ambush-in-kashmir/.
2006 Mushraf Geelani meeting. After Delhi and Mumbay now kashimiri’s are arrested in Goa.Kangan erupts against beating and Molestation 15 wounded by Army.< http://greaterkashmir.com/news/2006/mar/14/nc-targets-skims-head-in-assembly-21.asp ,< http://greaterkashmir.com/news/2006/mar/14/2-killed-19.asp ,< http://greaterkashmir.com/news/2006/mar/14/the-pandits-of-kashmir-iii-33.asp ,< http://greaterkashmir.com/news/2006/mar/14/soldiers-pose-as-militants-beat-civilians-18.asp ,< http://greaterkashmir.com/news/2006/mar/14/15-years-on-families-of-killed-men-yet-to-get-relief-15.asp ,, http://greaterkashmir.com/news/2006/mar/14/hurriyat-supports-militants-role-11.asp ,< 
624  Battle of Badr: a key battle between Muhammad's army – the new followers of Islam and the Quraish ofMecca. The Muslims won this battle, known as the turning point of Islam, which took place in the Hejaz region of western Arabia .
2008: LAWYERS BOYCOTT COURTS,<High Court Permits Bar To Visit Jails <<Malik to speak at India Today conclave,< In Kotbalwal jail, a detainee suffers from cancer,< OIC summit begins in Dakar, Resolution expresses concern on rights violation by troops,<
 2009 :NC Accuses PDP of Sabotaging Hizb Truce. Clashes In Nauhatta Again, 15 injured.400 Inmates at Risk of Disability: Hurriyat G.
2010: Employees End Strike With Massive Rally.Flare-Up in Shopian After Ahangar’s Arrest.JKLF Fund-Raising Drive fot Tral nad Chenkipora, Concludes, Nets Rs 12.5 lakh. One killed, 5 injured in grenade attack on CRPF personnel in Police Station Sgr.  'Pepsi bomber' arrested in Gujarat , Bashir Baba.
2011: NHRC notice on killing of two in Sopore, CRPF denies hand...........JK Govt sanctions Rs 5 crore for 102 killed in Kashmir unrest. PoK refugees arrested on border

2012: Of Targeted 2300 Houses Under JNNURM, 158 ‘Completed’ In 3 Yrs,< NHPC not inclined to return power projects: CM, ‘Corporation Earns 50% Profits In JK’ ,< Bangla Govt to honor D P Dhar


,< Curfew lifted in Rajouri,< Malik  Kistwar was influenced by Osama: NIA,< HR violations in Sri Lanka rock Parliament ,,'Half of India’s population defecates in open, but more have mobile' ,< International seminar on Shah-e-Hamdan (RA) begins, Tajikistan to sign MoU with KU,< Mysterious disease outbreak in Kupwara village, 8 Children Disabled In One Month,< 13 //www.dailyexcelsior.com/web1/12mar14/news1.htm#3 Bangla Govt to honour DP Dhar http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Frisingkashmir.com%2Fnews%2F914-cops-promoted-out-of-turn-23552.aspx&h=4AQGoXSjA&s=1
2013:
 : http://www.greaterkashmir.com/.../5-crpf-men-2-militants... ,<http://www.greaterkashmir.com/.../civilian-killed-in-crpf... ,<http://www.greaterkashmir.com/.../cold-blooded-murder... ,<http://www.greaterkashmir.com/.../mmm-shutdown-call... ,<http://www.greaterkashmir.com/.../curfew-today-govt-56.asp ,<http://www.greaterkashmir.com/.../5-army-soldiers-face... ,<http://www.greaterkashmir.com/.../no-land-under-permanent... 

2014 : 
2015: 

2016 :  Scottish separatists to renew independence push    .. Omar questions separatists' silence    ..Chinese Army 'spotted' along Line of Control in PaK       ..JK releases Rs 458 crore for flood damaged houses     ..Rajbagh Silk Factory dying a silent death, thanks to official apathy      ..Pulwama man shot at, injured     ...Info seeking under RTI Act surges in JK     ..National Saffron Mission fails to rejuvenate ‘golden crop’    ...Police recovers missing youth      ...'Kulgam boy tops Int’l Maths Olympiad'       ...RSS softens, to replace Khaki shorts with brown trousers    ..JuD coverage banned at US behest: Saeed     ..We Get More Love in India Than Pakistan: Afridi

Saturday, March 11, 2017

*Man, hit with bullet last year, booked under PSA in 2010, found dead* >>> Body of a 32-year-old man, who was hit with bullet in last year's unrest and booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) during 2010 agitation was found dead in north Kashmir's Kupwara district on Saturday. The body of Shahnawaz Ahmed Khan S/O Ghulam Rasool Khan was lying in an open field near Supernaghama in Qaziabad, area of Handwara. The body had visible marks of injury. Soon after getting the information about the body lying in the area, a police officer told that a team was rushed and took it in custody for postmortem and other legal medico formalities. He said that inquest proceedings have been launched to ascertain the incident Meanwhile, a close relative of the deceased man told that Khan in last year's unrest had received a bullet injury in his left leg and was undergoing treatment at SKIMS Soura for two months. Khan, a tractor driver by profession was also slapped PSA during 2010 unrest, the relative added.

*Man, hit with bullet last year, booked under PSA in 2010, found dead*

>>>   Body of a 32-year-old man, who was hit with bullet in last year's unrest and booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) during 2010 agitation was found dead in north Kashmir's Kupwara district on Saturday.

The body of Shahnawaz Ahmed Khan S/O Ghulam Rasool Khan was lying in an open field near Supernaghama in Qaziabad, area of Handwara. The body had visible marks of injury.

Soon after getting the information about the body lying in the area, a police officer told that a team was rushed and took it in custody for postmortem and other legal medico formalities. 

He said that inquest proceedings have been launched to ascertain the incident

Meanwhile, a close relative of the deceased man told that Khan in last year's unrest had received a bullet injury in his left leg and was undergoing treatment at SKIMS Soura for two months.

Khan, a tractor driver by profession was also slapped PSA during 2010 unrest, the relative added.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Udi attack accused acquitted

*Uri Attack*

>>>  Faisal Awan & Ahsan Khursheed, arrested by NIA for Militant attack at Uri Brigade Hqrs on Sep 18, 2016 have been released, as NIA found no evidence

Many arrested in Shopian for posters

*Module of  pasting LeT posters busted in Shopian.*

Shopian:- On 26th February 2017 many posters of Lashker-e-Toiba(LeT) outfit were found pasted at different places in town Shopian where people were asked to observe  complete Bandh from 26th February onwards and warned people of dire-consequences, if bandh is not observed.

                     The shopkeepers of District Shopian observed complete bandh on 26th February-2017 because of the threat of  Outfit through posters. Accordingly a case FIR No. 30/2017 was registered in P/S Shopian.

                      During the course of investigation Police and 44 RR called  many suspects for questioning  and during investigation it surfaced that one person namely Faisal Amin @ Chota Geelani S/o Mohammad Amin R/o Bonabazar Shopian alongwith 03 other associates namely Imad Ahmad s/o Bashir Ahmad, Zahid Ahmad @ Pintoo S/o Fayaz Ahmad Sofi and Ubaid Bashir S/o Bashir Guroo residents of town Shopian have conceived a plan to download poster of LeT Outfit from Social Media and paste the copies of these posters in the township to ensure bandh. The arrested persons have approached to one Computer documentation Shop belonging to Muzaffar Ahmad Mir S/o Ab Rashid R/o Rawalpora at Town Shopian and got the LeT poster downloaded from the phone of Imad Ahmad ( one of the suspect) and printed it.

Thereafter the group approached a Photostat shop and got the LeT posters photocopied and managed these photo copies of LeT posters  pasted in the town and surroundings during the intervening night of 25/26-02-2017 which created lot of chaos, confusion and disturbance in the District. The three accomplices of  Faisal Amin @ Chota Geelani are evading their arrest.

Photo Copier, Printer, Computer and posters  involved  in the commission of crime is also seized.9

*Court quashes detention of seven ML leaders*

*Court quashes detention of seven ML leaders*

*Directs police to release them*

Srinagar, Mar 09 (KNS): A court on Thursday quashed the detention of seven detainees including Chief organizer of Muslim League and other leaders under Public Safety Act (PSA) and directed police to release them.

According to Legal Secretary, Muslim league, Shah Riyaz the state High court has quashed PSA of seven detainees including Chief organizer ML, Ab Ahad Parra, Mohammad Abbass Bhat, Mudassir Ahmad Magray, Sameer Ahmad Dar, Nisar Ahmad Parray, Farooq Ahmad Wagay and Zubair Ahmad Tantray.

Riyaz told KNS that the petitions filed by Advocate Mian Qayoom and Advocate Naasir Qadri were heard by Justice A M Magray, Justice Ramalingum, Justice M Yaqoob Mir and Justice Taushi in separate sittings in high court.

“The PSA slapped against the seven detainees was quashed with the order to release them from jails,” he said. (KNS)

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Two aŕrested by Police in Baramuĺa with two pistol.

Two aŕrested by Police in Baramuĺa with two  pistol.

Fake-encounter case: Court issues non-bailable warrant http://dhunt.in/2215A?s=a&ss=com.google.android.apps.blogger via Dailyhunt
Fake Encounter Killings

Thursday, March 2, 2017

23 2

Kashmiri youth hurling stones have 'genuine reasons': Bhim http://dhunt.in/1ZX3P?s=a&ss=com.google.android.apps.blogger via Dailyhunt

Hizbul militant arrested in Jammu & Kashmir's Pulwama http://dhunt.in/21OKN?s=a&ss=com.google.android.apps.blogger via Dailyhunt

J&K Cadre IPS officer appointed as Director, SVP National Police Academy, Hyderabad http://dhunt.in/21tRQ?s=a&ss=com.google.android.apps.blogger via Dailyhunt

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

23 Feb 1991 Kunan Poshpora Rape Case

http://kashmiriprisoners.blogspot.com/2013/07/kunun-poshpora-rape-case-groups-blame.html .
http://authintmail.com/news/kashmir/shame-kunan-poshpora.

http://kashmiriprisoners.blogspot.com/2013/06/activists-want-verghese-declared.html
http://kashmiriprisoners.blogspot.com/2014/02/memory-toddler-who-fell-from-window.html http://m.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kashmirdispatch.com%2Fconflict%2F22022027-courage-has-a-face-in-kunan-poshpora.htm&h=QAQFhCXrR&s=1.
http://kafila.org/2013/02/23/22-years-after-kunan-and-poshpora-rethinking-kashmir-abhijit-dutta/.
http://kashmirreader.com/varghese-asked-me-to-close-the-case-in-national-interest-when-i-refused-he-threatened-my-family/.
http://www..com/newsdet.aspx?q=29386.
https://soundcloud.com/qazi-zaid/kashmiri-womens-resistance-day.
https://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fqazi-zaid%2Fkashmiri-womens-resistance-day&h=RAQG07drs.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/107894704362454896696/albums/5541303830751625761.
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVZ-18HXZ68.

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kashmirdispatch.com%2Fsameer-bhat%2F211210446-shabnam-the-woman-who-was-raped-twice.htm&h=oAQEhlKsh.
www.risingkashmir.com/we-wont-forget-we-wont-forgive-nor-will-we-give-up/.
http://kashmirreader.com/use-of-rape-as-a-war-weapon-in-kashmir-34881.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunan_Poshpora_incident. 

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اوڑی // 1350نفوس پر مشتمل سرحدی قصبہ اوڑی کا چرنڈا گائوں ،جو 14برس قبل تار بندی کے نتیجے میں دیگر علاقوں سے کٹ گیا تھا ،کے لوگوں نے اب مرکزی وزارت دفاع سے رجوع کیا ہے ۔مقامی لوگوں نے ان کا بلا وجہ محاصرہ ختم کرنے کی اپیل کرتے ہوئے مرکزی حکومت سے کہاہے کہ ان کے گائوں کی تار بندی ہٹائی جائے اورانہیں ایک نا کردگہ گناہوں کی سزا کاٹنے کے عذاب سے چھٹکارا دلایا جائے ۔مقامی لوگوں کے مطابق 1350افراد پر مشتمل آبادی کے چرنڈا اوڑی نامی گائوں میں فوج نے کئی برس قبل ہند پاک سرحد پر حفاظتی تار بندی کی جو ان کے گائوں میں داخل ہونے سے پہلے ہی کی گئی ہے اور گائوں میں داخل ہونے کیلئے فوج کی طرف سے ایک گیٹ نصب کیا گیا جس کی وجہ سے علاقے کے رہنے والوں کوسخت مشکلات کا سامنا کرنا پڑتا ہے۔چرنڈا گائوں کے سابق سرپنچ لال دین کھٹانا نے کشمیر عظمیٰ کے ساتھ بات کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ انہوں نے ان کے گائوں میں داخل ہونے سے پہلے ہی فوج کی جانب سے تار بندی کا معاملہ مرکزی وزیر دفاع منوہر پاریکر کی نوٹس میں 3 جنوری کو بذریعہ ڈاک ایک خط لکھا ہے جس میں انہوں نے کہاہے کہ ان کا گائوں ہند پاک حد متارکہ پر واقع ہے جہاں پر ہندوستانی فوج نے سال 2003 میں تاربندی کے دوران ان کے گائوں میں داخل ہونے سے پہلے ہی خاردار تارنصب کی جسکی وجہ سے علاقے کے رہنے والئے لوگ مکمل طور یرغمال بن کر رہ گئے ۔انہوں نے خط میں لکھا ہے کہ خوشی یا ماتم کے مواقع پر اگر باہر سے ان کے رشتہ دار ان کے گائوں میںآنا چا ہیں تو گیٹ پر بار بار انٹری کرانے کی وجہ سے آئے مہمانوں کو سخت مشکلات کا سامنا کرنا پڑتا ہے۔خط میں لکھا گیاہے کہ گائوں میں فوج کی جانب سے نصب گیٹ شام ہوتے ہی صبح تک بند کیا جاتا ہے جس سے گائوں کے بزرگوں،بچوں،اور مریضوں کو سخت مشکلات کا سامنا کرنا پڑتا ہے اور علاقے کے لوگوں کو ایسا محسوس ہوتا ہے کہ وہ ہند و پاک سرحد کی جیل میں بند ہیں۔خط میں مزید کہا گیا ہے کہ آنے والے ایام میں ملک کی حفاظت کی غرض سے مرکزی سرکار جموں و کشمیر کی سرحدوں پر سمارٹ فینسنگ کرنے جا رہی ہے اور اس دوران علاقے کی لوگوں کی سرکار سے مانگ ہے کہ وہ گائوں میں داخل ہونے کے بجائے گائوں کے آخر میں تاربندی کرائیں تا علاقے کے لوگ بھی راحت کی سانس لے سکیں۔لال دین نے مزید بتایا کہ انہوں نے ان کے گائوں کی تاربندی کے حوالے سے ریاستی وزیر علیٰ محبوبہ مفتی،ممبر اسمبلی محمد شفیع اوڑی،کشمیر میں فوجی سربراہ اور ڈپٹی کمشنر بارہمولہ کو بھی بذریعہ خط آگا کیا ہے۔واضح رہے کہ اوڑی حدمتارکہ پر واقع بیشتر گائوں جن میںچرنڈا،ہتھلنگا،صورہ،سلیکوٹ،شامل ہیں میں فوج نے گائوں میں داخل ہونے سے پہلے ہی حفاظتی تاربندی کی ہے اور ان علاقوں کے لوگوں کو گائوں میں داخل یا گائوں سے باہر نکلنے کے لئے فوج کی منظوری لازمی ہے اور شام ہوتے ہی علاقے میں نقل و حرکت کی اجازت نہیں ہوتی ہے۔

Friday, February 17, 2017

Accused arrested for circulating morphed photographs of Baramulla girl http://dhunt.in/1YsR8?s=a&ss=com.google.android.apps.blogger via Dailyhunt

30 Jan

Prepaid internet mobile services being restored tonight: Police http://dhunt.in/1UFFs?s=a&ss=com.google.android.apps.blogger via Dailyhunt
Kataria fake encounter case: Court defers hearing till Feb 22 http://dhunt.in/1XSCV?s=a&ss=com.google.android.apps.blogger via Dailyhunt
Court issues non-bailable warrant against former SP http://dhunt.in/1YqvT?s=a&ss=com.google.android.apps.blogger via Dailyhunt
Court issues non-bailable warrant against former SP http://dhunt.in/1YqvT?s=a&ss=com.google.android.apps.blogger via Dailyhunt
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The Advocate Of The Terrorised: Remembering Shahid Azmi, On The Day He Was Murdered | Youth Ki Awaaz

The Advocate Of The Terrorised: Remembering Shahid Azmi, On The Day He Was Murdered | Youth Ki Awaaz: At the time of his murder, Shahid was fighting dozens of cases related to terrorism

The Advocate Of The Terrorised: Remembering Shahid Azmi, On The Day He Was Murdered

Posted on February 11, 2015 in FeaturedSocietySpecialsStaff Picks
February 11, 2010. Taximan Colony, Kurla, Mumbai.
This was just another day for Rehana Azmi. Her son, Shahid Azmi, a Mumbai-based lawyer handling criminal and human rights cases at trial courts as well the High Court, had just returned from work. While Shahid changed and put his lawyer’s uniform to rest for the day, Rehana started preparing tea for him. His mobile rang. It was a call from his office assistant and court clerk, Inder. He asked Shahid to come over and meet with some clients who had come to meet him.
Shahid politely asked him to inform them to visit the next day in the morning, as it was already very late in the evening. “Bhai, wo keh rahe hai urgent matter hai (It’s an urgent matter, please come over),” came the reply. Given Shahid’s commitment towards his clients, no matter who they were, potential or unknown, he rushed to meet them in his office. Before leaving, his mother called out to him, “Beta, chai to peeta ja(Atleast have some tea and go).” “Ammi, abhi aata hoon (I will be right back),” came his reply. “Par, Shahid kabhi nahi lauta (But he never returned)”, said Rehana, with moist eyes when I met her a few years back. But she was quick to mention, “Par hum zaroor milenge jannat mein (We will certainly meet in heaven).”
Shahid didn’t come back because he was shot dead by some unidentified gunmen that evening, who came posing as clients in need. He was just 32 back then. Though born and brought up in Mumbai’s suburb Govandi/Deonar, an area better known for TISS, his familial lineage traces back to Azamgarh, a town in eastern Uttar Pradesh, often projected as a Nursery of Terror’.
shahid azmi
His teenage years were marked with the fires of communal violence which spread across Bombay in the aftermath of the demolition of the Babri Masjid. A momentary flirtation and a swift disillusionment with militancy followed. But soon after, he was picked up by the police on alleged charges of conspiracy to kill Hindu leaders. The only ‘evidence’against him was a confession he had never made. Yet, he was sentenced to five years of imprisonment.
He was a minor when he was arrested under TADA, and was first sent to Arthur Road Jail, and then the Tihar in Delhi, as TADA superseded the Juvenile Justice Act. He was brutally tortured at Delhi Police’s infamous Special Cell in Lodhi Road and was forced to confess to a crime that was never intended, let alone committed.
While lodged at Tihar Jail, Shahid enrolled himself for graduation and began helping other inmates to pursue their cases in the court of law. Released in 2001, he came home and enrolled for journalism and law school. Three years later, he quit a paid sub-editor’s job to join defence lawyer Majeed Memon as a junior at ₹2,000 a month. Later, he started his own practice that made a lasting difference. In a short period of just 7 years of his career as a lawyer, he made a reputation for his commitment to justice. The most remarkable thing about him was that he still chose to engage with the system, a system that criminalised and brutalised him.
Movie poster of the film ‘Shahid’, based on Shahid Azmi’s life
He was a living example of what barrister Roy Black, an American criminal defence lawyer, meant when he said “By showing me injustice, he taught me to love justice. By teaching me what pain and humiliation were all about, he awakened my heart to mercy. Through these hardships I learned hard lessons. Fight against prejudice, battle the oppressors, support the underdog.”
Hence, it would not be unfair to say that he was a man produced, consumed and later set to his ‘right place’ , by the system. One can still find Roy Black’s words hanging in the same office where he was killed, and from where his younger brother Khalid Azmi now works. Khalid took up his brother’s work two weeks after Shahid’s murder. “I want to take up my brother’s cause and I take it as a matter of challenge as well as a real tribute to him,” he had told me then. “I don’t fear for my life. The cause is more important than my life and I am ready to pay any the price for it, even if it is with my life,” he had determinedly told me when I asked him why he was putting his life in danger.
In a recent conversation, he reiterated his pledge to carry forward the legacy of Shahid. What is even more heartening is that across the country, there are hundreds of youth, especially Muslims—both men and women, who have taken inspiration from Shahid and are now either studying or practising law. In fact, there are half a dozen of them in Taximan Colony itself.
At the time of his murder, Shahid was fighting dozens of cases related to terrorism. He was a lawyer for one of the accused in 26/11 case, apart from the Aurangabad Arms Haul Case, Mumbai Train Bomb Blast cases and cases of those accused in the Malegaon bombing. Six months after Shahid’s murder, his client in the 26/11 case, Faheem Ansari, was acquitted of all the charges by a special court. The prosecution went up to the Supreme Court challenging the verdict but the Supreme Court also upheld the verdict. This was only possible because during the argument at the special court, Shahid had built a solid base and demolished the prosecution’s accusation on his client of being part of the conspiracy in 26/11 attack.
Similarly, due to his initial involvement in the Aurangabad Arms Haul and the Malegaon Cases, the accused could avail bail over a period of time. Explaining his focus on terror related cases, Shahid once told a reporter,“I am pained, the heart bleeds, when I hear what they have endured. But, in spite of all that, it will never be easy for me to see an innocent being sent behind bars or to the gallows only because the crime alleged was a bomb blast.” Unfortunately, Faheem Ansari was implicated in yet another case of attack at the Rampur CRPF centre in Uttar Pradesh. Having followed the case and read the case files, I can say that this, too, is a completely concocted case.
26/11: The Taj Hotel in Mumbai in flames
What has happened to Shahid’s murder case? Have the killers been brought to justice? “It’s moving on at a snail’s pace. Charges are yet to be framed even after five years,” says Khalid. However, in this period, his assailants, alleged members of ‘nationalist’ underworld don Bharat Nepali gang, have been successful in securing relief in different forms. While one of the accused, Vinod Vichare, was able to secure bail in July 2012, Gangster Santosh Shetty, another accused in the case, was discharged by the Bombay High Court in October 2014.
Not only that, in January 2011, the special Maharashtra Control Of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) court dropped the MCOCA charges against four people accused in the case, buying the defence’s argument that “the police failed to prove the underworld links as well as the pecuniary gain in killing Azmi”. Here, one is reminded of Shahid’s petition in the Supreme Court challenging MCOCA and its selective use against Muslim youth accused of terrorism. How true was he when he said that MCOCA would be used to target Muslim youth.
Moreover, there have also been attempts to sabotage the evidences, and the sole eyewitness has been threatened to make him turn hostile. Notably, in mid April 2011, there was an alleged plan to kill Khalid Azmi by some of the associates of these underworld gangs. Three people were arrested in this connection with guns in the court premises. According to Khalid, when the three accused were arrested, only three important persons were present in the court and he was one of them.
As strange as it may sound, but the fact of the matter remains thatShahid was in love with justice, he lived and died for justice, but his own family members are still waiting for justice. “Par Beta, Allah ke ghar mein der hai, andher nahi, yahan nahi to wahan to mere bete ke qatilon ko saza zaroor milegi (In the Lord’s house, there may be delay, but justice is finally accomplished. The killers of my son would get their due punishment)” said Shahid’s mother Rehana during one of our meetings. Now, the question is whether she would have to wait forever or would the system ensure that the culprits are brought to justice in this world only.
Mahtab Alam is a civil rights activist and writer. To know more, follow him on Twitter: @MahtabNama.
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