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Eight years in Agrahara Jail awaiting justice

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Zakaria K, a native of Parappanangadi in Malappuram district, was arrested in Tirur, on February 5, 2009 by the Karnataka police accusing him of “providing technical services” for the Bangalore blast happened in 2008.

19-year old at the time of the arrest, Zakaria is completing eight years in prison on February5, 2017. No judgement yet, and he is waiting for the completion of the trial of the case without still knowing what his role in it is.

The Karnataka Police arrested him while he was on his way to the mobile shop in Tirur, Malappuram where he was working at. The police was literally kidnapping the 19 year old boy as it was only after three days his family was informed about the arrest; that even after Medias broke the story of the incident. The Karnataka police did not take take the permission from the Kerala authorities to arrest Zakaria.

The NIA tapped charges of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against Zakaria , to support the ‘story’ that the chip used in the bombs was manufactured from the electronics shop at Kondotty, where Zakariya once worked.

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

”It was not one Zakaria whom they arrested branding as a terrorist. It was a whole family, relatives and friends who were ostracised after the blatant lies which came out in the mainstream newspapers, fed by the police.” Human rights activist KP Sasi said.

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Aslah Kayyalakkath
Aslah Kayyalakkath
Aslah Kayyalakkath is a Founding Editor of Maktoob. He tweets @aslahtweets


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