15 June, 2021

Count The Bars

The fate of terror undertrials bobs up again

Count The Bars

Mohammed Rashid was one of the many picked up for questioning in the May 2008 Jaipur blasts case probe. Rashid was working for Infosys then and had been detained for over 10 days. The last straw for him: he was later sacked from his job. As he puts it, “It’s not just those 10 days in jail. I lost my job, my dignity. I fought back, got compensation from Infosys, took up another job. But that’s because I was educated and knew my rig­hts. But what if you are from the other end of the spectrum?”

Which is the demographic people like Adnan Bilal Mulla bel­ong to. Adnan used to run a small business supplying milk in Mumbai till he was picked up in 2003, tortured and forced to admit a role in the Mulund, Vile Parle and Mumbai Central blasts that year. After almost seven years inside, he finally got bail from the high court. He says, “The crime bra­nch have absolutely no evidence but I am still an accused in three blasts. They have ruined my life.”

Now, many of these arrests have been under the no-bail Unlawful...

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