SRINAGAR: Mohammad Hussain Fazili, 42, who was recently acquitted in 2005 Delhi blasts case after undergoing 12 years imprisonment in Tihar jail, says he got justice at last but not before violation of his religious belief in custody where he was forced to drink urine and eat human waste and rats were put inside his trousers.
“Who will return 12 years of my life? Will police officials involved in framing me be held accountable?” he questions.
Though there is no denying the fact that he got justice at last but he says it was delayed justice.
“Despite being innocent I had to spend 12 years of the prime of my life in Tihar jail,” Fazili told New Indian Express at his residence in Buchpora area of Srinagar downtown.
This year on February 16, a Delhi court acquitted Fazili along with another Kashmiri, Mohammad Rafiq Shah of all charges in 2005 Delhi serial blasts case. At least 67 people were killed and over 220 injured in the serial blasts in the national capital on October 29, 2005.
“I was innocent and had nothing to do with the blasts yet I was punished for no fault of mine,” Fazili says.
For 12 years, he could not see his family members including his parents even once.
“We belong to a poor family and my parents and family members could not afford to bear the expenses of travel to Delhi to meet me in the jail,” Fazili says.
According to him, from the very first day of his arrest, he pleaded before the police officials and men interrogating him that he was innocent and had nothing to do with the 2005 serial blasts in Delhi.
“However, despite my pleas and despite having no evidence against me, they framed me and kept me in jail for 12 long years,” Fazili says.
It was on November 21, 2005, 24 days after the serial blasts in Delhi that Fazili, who was then 30-years-old, was arrested by Special Operations Group (SOG) of J&K Police.
Giving details of his arrest, he says, “At 8 pm on November 21, policemen raided our residence and we thought it was a routine crackdown by security forces. During the operation, policemen took me to a separate room and began questioning me about Delhi blasts. Later, they took me along with them to their camp and interrogated me. I told them that I belong to a poor family, who survive on shawl weaving, and that I had never been to Delhi.”
He said the very next day he was airlifted to Delhi where officials of Delhi Police’s Special Cell and other agencies interrogated him.
“I kept pleading about my innocence but they kept torturing me using third degree including electric shocks,” Fazili says.
“Life during those interrogation days was hell as they would urinate on my face and force me to drink urine and eat human waste along with bread and other eatables,” he says adding rats were also put inside his trouser.
As if third degree torture was not enough, policemen also hurt his religious belief by letting a small pig touch his body parts including his face and lips, Fazili says.
“They intentionally hurt my religious belief knowing that pigs are forbidden for Muslims,” he says adding he failed to understand whether they were investigating him or violating his religious belief.
“I felt I was arrested and framed for being a Muslim,” Fazili says.
Now that he has been acquitted and released by the court, he says, “All police officials involved in my arrest and framing should be held accountable for my 12-years imprisonment and justice demands they should be punished.”
Arguing about his case, he says, “If an innocent can be punished and forced to languish in jail for 12 years, why can’t police officials, who framed an innocent person, be punished.”
Fazili urges that the cases of all Kashmiri prisoners lodged in different jails outside the State should be reviewed to ensure that no innocent is punished.
“The court of law should ensure that no innocent is jailed or punished,” he says.
Back home after 12 years of incarceration, Fazili should have been a happy man but he says after his release he has been mentally disturbed to see the health condition of his mother, Fatima, who has suffered a brain hemorrhage during his detention period and one side of her body has been paralysed.
“I am shocked to see the health condition of my mother and don’t know how I will earn livelihood and take care of my ailing mother and elderly father,” he adds.