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First POTA-accused in J&K acquitted

Muhammad Dar had to wait for his acquittal till last month. He was the first to be charged under the Act. A special court has dismissed the case under POTA. He was accused of having links with the prohibited organisation Al-badr. The magistrate observed that the date on which he was charged with Al-Badr links; the organisation had not been banned till then (21 Oct 2001). Dar had to undergo imprisonment for 18 months. As soon as he was arrested members of his family were forced to vacate the house they had been living in and they had to stay in a tent pitched on a road. His arrest had generated a lot of tension and the government had to bow before popular agitation in his favour and released him and also restored him his house. Fear of arrest used to haunt Dar even after his release. However, this acquaintance, prior to Eid, gave him immense relief. A grateful Dar expressed his gratitude to Allah for sustaining him through a long legal battle.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2010 on page no. 22

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