Zakariya’s mother Beyummah challenges UAPA in Supreme Court

Biyumma has also been part of the Free Zakariya Action Forum, an action committee group the sole object of which is to fight the UAPA. Photo: Shakeeb KPA/Maktoob

Beyummah, mother of Zakariya, an under-trial prisoner in the 2008 Bangalore blasts, on Saturday moved the Supreme Court seeking to declare the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), as unconstitutional.

In the plea, petitioners, Beyummah along with Solidarity Youth Movement sought to declare the UAPA, 1967 as unconstitutional and the UAPA, 2019 as violative of fundamental rights enshrined under Article 14, and 21 of the Constitution of India.

Beyummah’s son Zakariya has been in indefinite imprisonment under the UAPA after he was eighth accused in the 2008 Bangalore blast.

Beyummah has also been part of the Free Zakariya Action Forum, an action committee group the sole object of which is to fight the UAPA.

Overthrowing procedures, Karnataka police abducted Beyummah’s youngest son Zakariya on 5 February 2009 from his workplace in Tirur, Malappuram accusing him of “providing technical services” for the Bangalore blast 2008. Zakariya was a commerce student in a cooperate college and worked at a mobile shop to support his single Parent.

However, holes soon appeared in the police’s theory. The two witnesses, One of them was a person whom the Karnataka police had not even met and the other was a person who was forced to sign a statement in Kannada. Both these witnesses came out in public saying that the case was fabricated.

Haridas, a prosecution witness, tells the Media: “I don’t know who Zakaria is. The police made me become a witness. They created the witnesses.”

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