“Dreaded LeT terrorist” is acquitted after five years

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Imran Ahmed Kirmani, who was branded as a “dreaded terrorist” of the Lashkar-e-Toiba by Delhi police, has been acquitted by a Delhi court after spending five years in Tihar jail. Imran, an aeronautical engineer from Kashmir who had thought of flying high in the air, was not even allowed to walk freely for five long years. He had offers from Spicejet, Sahara, Deccan and Jet Airways when he was arrested by Delhi police on 15 November, 2006 from Dwarka in New Delhi.

Soon after his arrest, Delhi police claimed at a press conference that he was conspiring to carry out 9/11 type attacks in India and for that he had already developed an organised network at the airport. While recalling those horrific days in Tihar, Imran said that his five year stay in jail was terrible but during the course of the stay, “I became maturer and stronger than before,” he said adding that the Delhi police after arresting him from his residence took him to a mall and staged a fake arrest there. The judge who ordered his acquittal of all charges said you are a free man now but I cannot return five long precious years of your life that you have spent in jail. Imran’s father Ghulam Rasool said that I am smiling after five dark and gloomy years. He further said that the police had claimed that they found Rs 4 lakh which was meant to carry out attacks but this money was given to Imran by his father to buy a small flat after he had sold his land in Kashmir. The Chief Minister of J&K Omar Abdullah has given assurances to the family of all possible help including a job for Imran.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 June 2011 on page no. 1

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