Many innocent persons set free, still deprived of compensation

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh government’s ministry for minorities welfare, in the name of ‘steps for restoration of confidence’ gave cheques as compensation to 12 Muslim youths who, among many others were falsely accused and arrested for their ‘complicity’ in the Makka Masjid bomb blasts and subjected to third degree torture and untold trauma and miseries heaped on them in jails and who were subsequently released honourably by the courts. In addition to these cheques they were also given good character certificates by the government while admitting its mistakes, but inspite of all this, it failed to satisfy the Muslims because names of many more persons were missing from the list of innocent persons deserving compensations. Strong popular demands were also made to take strong legal action against police personnel, even officers who falsely labelled them terrorists, wasted the best years of their lives in jails and caused severe mental and spiritual agony to their family members. Some of them even said that the biggest compensation will be to put all of them (policemen and officers) behind bars and subject them to the same third degree treatment.

Compensation cheques were given to 12 such persons on 6 January 2012 in Hyderabad’s Jubilee Hall by the state’s minister for minorities welfare Muhammad Hamidullah, Akbaruddin Owaisi, MIM-MLA and Muhammad Ali Raf’at, secretary in the ministry of minorities welfare. In addition to these 12, there were four others also who were not given compensation cheques because they were, as per police, involved in some other cases also. It may be recalled that the blasts in Makka Masjid had taken place on 18 May 2007 in which nine persons were killed and many more were injured. A couple of days later five more persons were killed in police firing on persons who were demonstrating against the arrest of innocent Muslims for their alleged complicity in this bomb blast.

Akbaruddin Owaisi speaking on this occasion in Jubilee Hall in the presence of police and administration officials said that till the police personnel who falsely arrested innocent persons and spoilt their life and career are not punished, the demands of justice will not be fulfilled. A few lakh rupees and certificates by police or government as compensation cannot be the alternative to the pains and sufferings they and their family members underwent. He however appreciated the gesture by the state government / police in admitting its mistake by giving them good character certificate and compensation, proving thereby that they were innocent and are respectable and law abiding citizens of the state and country.

Persons who were given cheques and certificates are: Muhammad Abdul Karim Qadiri, Arshad Khan, Muhammad Abdur Raheem, Abdul Wasey, Ibrahim Ali Juned, Muhammad Fasihuddin, Muhammad Sirajuddin, Muhammad Saleem, Syed Zulfaqar Ahmad, Muhammad Manzoor, Muhammad Abu Bakar and Muhammad Ashraf.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 February 2012 on page no. 9

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