I was tortured by police: Shabbir Bhatkal

Sadi Maulana Shabbir Gangolli was arrested in December 30, 2008 by the Pune Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in fake currency seizure and terror cases and was acquitted on Monday.

Published: 12th April 2017 03:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th April 2017 03:59 AM   |  A+A-

Maulana Shabbir (second from right) at a press meet in Bhatkal on Tuesday

By Express News Service

KARWAR: “I am a citizen of India and I have faith in Indian judiciary. I am proud of our judicial system that finally gave justice to me in false terror cases,” Sadi Maulana Shabbir Gangolli (34).

He told reporters in Bhatkal town on Tuesday that he was jailed for nine years and was tortured badly by the police. “Those days were just hell. I have not committed any crime. The police arrested me on false charges and sent me to jail. Finally, I got justice and the court acquitted me,” he said.

Maulana Shabbir Gangolli alias Shabbir Bhatkal alias Hussain Shabbir Meheruddin Gangolli of the coastal town Bhatkal was arrested in December 30, 2008 by the Pune Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in fake currency seizure and terror cases.

He had to spend nine years in jail and on Monday, the Additional District and Sessions Court of Mangaluru acquitted him. “I was tortured very badly. I get goosebumps if I remember those days. I was booked in cases that I was not connected. I went to Pune as a moulana and was working in a masjid,” he said

“On December 30, the police gathered around our masjid in Pune and arrested me without a single word,” he added.

“Soon after 26/11 Mumbai attack, I was arrested on charges of supporting terrorists. As there were no
evidence, the police fixed me in a fake currency note case and sent me to jail. I am innocent and I have not committed any crime,” he said.

“Many Muslim youths are in jail on false cases. One day, they will also get justice like me,” he added.


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