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तुम्हीं ने दर्द दिए हैं तुम्हीं दवा देना : मुफ़्ती अब्दुल क़य्यूम मंसूरी

26 Sep 2016

​मुफ़्ती अब्दुल क़य्यूम मंसूरी रिहा कर दिए गए हैं। लेकिन क्राइम ब्रांच की निगाह में वह अब भी अपराधी हैं। मुफ्ती साहब का कहना है कि अब उनके सम्मानजनक पुनर्वास की बारी है। जिस सरकार ने झूठे आरोप में जेल में डाला था उसे ही अब उनके सम्मानजनक पुनर्वास की जिम्मेदारी उठानी होगी।




वह कहते हैं -  दाग आपने ही लगाया, आप ही कि जिम्मेदारी की आप दाग धो दें।

मुफ़्ती अब्दुल क़य्यूम मंसूरी  ने कम्यूनलिज्म कॉम्बेट की तीस्ता सीतलवाड़ से एक इंटरव्यू में आतंकवाद के झूठे आरोपों में जेल डाले गए लोगों के रिहा होने के बाद सम्मानजनक पुनर्वास की नीति बनाने की जोरदार वकालत की है।

रिहा होने के बाद दिए गए इस इंटरव्यू में मुफ्ती सवाल करते हैं कि जेल में रहने के दौरान उनके वालिद गुजर गए। वह पूछते हैं – क्या अब मैं अपने वालिद से मिल पाऊंगा। मेरे बच्चों का बचपन कौन लौटाएगा। क्या सरकार मेरी इन बेशकीमती चीजों को लौटा सकेगी।  
 
मुफ्ती कहते हैं कि 16 मई 2014 से पहले भी मैं सामाजिक कार्य करता था इस दिन रिहाई के बाद भी मैं अपने मिशन में लगा हूं। गरीबों और हाशिये पर रह रहे लोगों की सेवा कर रहा हूं। धर्म और संप्रदाय से ऊपर उठ कर। इस साल 15 अगस्त को अहमदाबाद में मदरसों के बच्चों ने स्वतंत्रता दिवस मनाया। इन बच्चों ने उस ऐतिहासिक प्रदर्शनी में हिस्सा लिया, जिसमें भारत की आजादी की लड़ाई में मुस्लिमों की भागीदारी दिखाई गई थी।

मुफ्ती कहते हैं-  अहमदाबाद क्राइम ब्रांच के पुलिस इंस्पेक्टर यादव और जडेजा अब भी मेरे पीछे पड़े हैं कह रहे हैं कि सुप्रीम कोर्ट की ओर से 16 मई 2014 को मेरी रिहाई भले हो गई हो लेकिन मैं अब भी अपराधी हूं।

मेरी रिहाई के दो साल बाद भी जीडीपी पीपी पांडे ने मुझसे मिलने से इनकार कर दिया। जबकि खुद गंभीर अपराधों में उनके खिलाफ चार्जशीट दाखिल है। उन्होंने कहा कि हम बकरीद की कुर्बानी के लिए पुलिस की निगरानी में कुर्बानी की इजाजत के लिए आवेदन देने के गए थे। लेकिन उन्होंने मिलने से इनकार कर दिया।

आज भी गुजरात में पूर्व डीजी वंजारा का दबदबा है। जब मेरी किताब ‘ग्यारह साल सलाखों के पीछे’ रिलीज होने वाली थी तो पुलिस में काम करने वाले उनके भतीजे ने कार्यक्रम करने की इजाजत नहीं दी। 

तुम्हीं ने दर्द दिए हैं तुम्हीं दवा देना : मुफ़्ती अब्दुल क़य्यूम मंसूरी

​मुफ़्ती अब्दुल क़य्यूम मंसूरी रिहा कर दिए गए हैं। लेकिन क्राइम ब्रांच की निगाह में वह अब भी अपराधी हैं। मुफ्ती साहब का कहना है कि अब उनके सम्मानजनक पुनर्वास की बारी है। जिस सरकार ने झूठे आरोप में जेल में डाला था उसे ही अब उनके सम्मानजनक पुनर्वास की जिम्मेदारी उठानी होगी।




वह कहते हैं -  दाग आपने ही लगाया, आप ही कि जिम्मेदारी की आप दाग धो दें।

मुफ़्ती अब्दुल क़य्यूम मंसूरी  ने कम्यूनलिज्म कॉम्बेट की तीस्ता सीतलवाड़ से एक इंटरव्यू में आतंकवाद के झूठे आरोपों में जेल डाले गए लोगों के रिहा होने के बाद सम्मानजनक पुनर्वास की नीति बनाने की जोरदार वकालत की है।

रिहा होने के बाद दिए गए इस इंटरव्यू में मुफ्ती सवाल करते हैं कि जेल में रहने के दौरान उनके वालिद गुजर गए। वह पूछते हैं – क्या अब मैं अपने वालिद से मिल पाऊंगा। मेरे बच्चों का बचपन कौन लौटाएगा। क्या सरकार मेरी इन बेशकीमती चीजों को लौटा सकेगी।  
 
मुफ्ती कहते हैं कि 16 मई 2014 से पहले भी मैं सामाजिक कार्य करता था इस दिन रिहाई के बाद भी मैं अपने मिशन में लगा हूं। गरीबों और हाशिये पर रह रहे लोगों की सेवा कर रहा हूं। धर्म और संप्रदाय से ऊपर उठ कर। इस साल 15 अगस्त को अहमदाबाद में मदरसों के बच्चों ने स्वतंत्रता दिवस मनाया। इन बच्चों ने उस ऐतिहासिक प्रदर्शनी में हिस्सा लिया, जिसमें भारत की आजादी की लड़ाई में मुस्लिमों की भागीदारी दिखाई गई थी।

मुफ्ती कहते हैं-  अहमदाबाद क्राइम ब्रांच के पुलिस इंस्पेक्टर यादव और जडेजा अब भी मेरे पीछे पड़े हैं कह रहे हैं कि सुप्रीम कोर्ट की ओर से 16 मई 2014 को मेरी रिहाई भले हो गई हो लेकिन मैं अब भी अपराधी हूं।

मेरी रिहाई के दो साल बाद भी जीडीपी पीपी पांडे ने मुझसे मिलने से इनकार कर दिया। जबकि खुद गंभीर अपराधों में उनके खिलाफ चार्जशीट दाखिल है। उन्होंने कहा कि हम बकरीद की कुर्बानी के लिए पुलिस की निगरानी में कुर्बानी की इजाजत के लिए आवेदन देने के गए थे। लेकिन उन्होंने मिलने से इनकार कर दिया।

आज भी गुजरात में पूर्व डीजी वंजारा का दबदबा है। जब मेरी किताब ‘ग्यारह साल सलाखों के पीछे’ रिलीज होने वाली थी तो पुलिस में काम करने वाले उनके भतीजे ने कार्यक्रम करने की इजाजत नहीं दी। 

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SC Acquitted me but for Gujarat Police I am still a Criminal: Mufti Abdul Qayyum Mansuri

23 Sep 2016

Acquitted but still a Criminal for the Crime Branch, It is Time for Dignified Rehabilitation Policy asserts Mufti Abdul Qayyum Mansuri



It is the State that Wrongfully Confined Us, it is the State that Must Fairly Rehabilitate Us: Mufti Abdul Qayyum Mansuri
 
Daag Aapne Hi Lagaya, Aap ki Zimmedari Ki AAp Daag Dho Den: Mufti Abdul Qayyum Mansuri
 
Mufti Abdul Qayyum Mansuri in this interview with Teesta Setalvad of Communalism Combat makes a strong plea for a National Policy for the Dignified Rehabilitation of Victims Made False Accused in Cases of Terror
 
How will I get my dead father back, what of the lost childhood of my children, will the state bring this back?: Mufti Mansuri
 
Before and after May 16, 2014 I have involved myself in social work, for the poor and marginalised where religion is no bar: Mufti Mansuri
 
This year on August 15, 2016 madrassah children in Ahmedabad proudly celebrated Independence Day and also participated in a History exhibition that showcased  Muslim participation in India’s struggle for freedom: Mufti Mansuri
 
PI Yadav and PI Jadeja of the Ahmedabad Crime Branch still shadow me and say despite the Supreme Court’s acquittal on May 16, 2014 he (Mufti Abdul Qayyum) is still a criminal: Mufti Mansuri
 
Even today, two years after the Acquittal, DGP PP Pandey who himself has been charge sheeted for serious crimes, refuses even now to meet me for a simple application that we give for Eid Ul Azha (Bakri Eid): where we engage with the police for permission to continue with the slaughter of legally approved animals: Mufti Mansuri
 
Even today the writ of senior former cop DG Vanzara runs high in the Gujarat police. When my book, Gyarah Saal Sarakhon Ke Peeche was to be released his niece who is a serving officer simply did not allow the function to take place: Mufti Mansuri

SC Acquitted me but for Gujarat Police I am still a Criminal: Mufti Abdul Qayyum Mansuri

Acquitted but still a Criminal for the Crime Branch, It is Time for Dignified Rehabilitation Policy asserts Mufti Abdul Qayyum Mansuri



It is the State that Wrongfully Confined Us, it is the State that Must Fairly Rehabilitate Us: Mufti Abdul Qayyum Mansuri
 
Daag Aapne Hi Lagaya, Aap ki Zimmedari Ki AAp Daag Dho Den: Mufti Abdul Qayyum Mansuri
 
Mufti Abdul Qayyum Mansuri in this interview with Teesta Setalvad of Communalism Combat makes a strong plea for a National Policy for the Dignified Rehabilitation of Victims Made False Accused in Cases of Terror
 
How will I get my dead father back, what of the lost childhood of my children, will the state bring this back?: Mufti Mansuri
 
Before and after May 16, 2014 I have involved myself in social work, for the poor and marginalised where religion is no bar: Mufti Mansuri
 
This year on August 15, 2016 madrassah children in Ahmedabad proudly celebrated Independence Day and also participated in a History exhibition that showcased  Muslim participation in India’s struggle for freedom: Mufti Mansuri
 
PI Yadav and PI Jadeja of the Ahmedabad Crime Branch still shadow me and say despite the Supreme Court’s acquittal on May 16, 2014 he (Mufti Abdul Qayyum) is still a criminal: Mufti Mansuri
 
Even today, two years after the Acquittal, DGP PP Pandey who himself has been charge sheeted for serious crimes, refuses even now to meet me for a simple application that we give for Eid Ul Azha (Bakri Eid): where we engage with the police for permission to continue with the slaughter of legally approved animals: Mufti Mansuri
 
Even today the writ of senior former cop DG Vanzara runs high in the Gujarat police. When my book, Gyarah Saal Sarakhon Ke Peeche was to be released his niece who is a serving officer simply did not allow the function to take place: Mufti Mansuri

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Justice at Last

by Teesta Setalvad , 12 Feb 2015

 Mufti Abdul Qayyum Ahmed Husain Mansuri     Courtesy: theweek.in

 
He is a Mufti. He is not a Terrorist. Apex Court reaffirms justice.


It would be easy to lose faith when you read a book like the one Mufti Abdul Qayyum Husain Mansuri has penned. I am a Mufti And I Am not a Terrorist.

In Gyarah Saal Salokhon Ke Peechen - This is the book recounting the unspeakable experience of being dubbed a terrorist for a crime he and others did not commit. After almost eleven long years, on May 16 2014, the Mufti was set free acquitted. The same day Narendra Modi swept to power in Delhi.

It was past 8.30 p.m. on the next day that he and the others walked out of the prison in Ahmedabad to a changed reality.  It was in that city charred and scarred by the genocidal carnage of 2002 where Mufti (like so many other community leaders) had set up relief camps for the shelter and sucour of the maimed and the traumatised. For that he had to pay and suffer the ignominy of being dubbed a traitor to his own country. Another Mufti, Maulana Umerji underwent a similar tragic fate after he had run the Godhra Relief camp where among others, Bilquees Bano had sought shelter. The cross state bonding of the security agencies when it comes to ‘terror’ attacks is a real challenge to the Constitutional bedrock of our democracy. This ‘terror’ is attributed to people of one community by the agencies and is a consequence of deep rooted prejudice. The rank unprofessionalism of sections of the Gujarat Police’s Crime Branch (evident to this day by the many judgments given by Supreme Court) and their Kashmiri compatriots shows a training and mindset which doesn’t pay heed to apolitical and honest investigation .   Remember Vanzara walking out of jail in February 2015 saying “Acche Din Aye Hai ” !

There are many things we could say about the book published by the Jamiat Ulama Gujarat and Maharashtra. We can comment on the quality of printing, editing, production etc. All that could have been better, much better. But much more than the obvious, it is the courage of conviction that shines through in the very act of publishing. Regardless of the not most presentable quality, the fact that an organization like the Jamiat has brought this truth before us all, raw and questioning, should make all of us Indians, think. Will it?

We live in a state of de-sanitized emotions where the daily firing squads led by some television anchors prevents any introspection into deep, systemic lapses. We are talking about serious injustices.

It was bad enough to read about the pathetically cruel attempts to make the Mufti write and re-write the letter that would damn him. Supreme Court didn’t believe the letter although it was full of details concocted by the minds of the Gujarat crime branch. One sentence that struck me deeply was towards the end of the book. This is when the Mufti is describing the indescribable joy he feels on the day of the release of the ‘convicts’. Outside the jail, his jail companion, Haji Farooq had made a bed of flowers that looked like a carpet. It was a poignant moment as fellow convicts, relatives all hugged each other. Loud and victorious slogans rent the air. Large sections of the print and electronic media were present and detailed euphoric interviews were taken. However, little got published or telecast. As the Mufti charmingly puts it, “But perhaps it was the censorship of the media, they censored the whole talk”. Remember it was also the day when an election result had been declared.

As Mufti Abdul Qayyum Mansuri says the judgment delivered by the Supreme Court is a symbol of true justice which, in this fearful and depressed environment is a ray of hope and motivation for all. The Judgment apart from acquitting the innocent has exposed the lies of the oppressor and the incompetence of the investigation agencies. Here was a case where the Supreme Court had used its special powers and re-examined chits in Urdu, so called Fidayeen’s clothes, dissected the cynically concocted evidence.

As our clients have been proved innocent and stayed imprisoned for 11 years, the Court should take immediate action for their release because even after being acquitted the formalities and legal procedures are lengthy in which the Sessions court and Jail Authorities take many days. – Adv Kamini Jaiswal

The moment the historic judgment was delivered, one of the senior advocates for the accused Ms Kamini Jaiswal stood up and said that “As our clients have been proved innocent and stayed imprisoned for 11 years, the Court should take immediate action for their release because even after being acquitted the formalities and legal procedures are lengthy in which the Sessions court and Jail Authorities take many days.”

A wireless fax message was sent to the Sabarmati Jail authorities by the Supreme Court. The unfairly and unjustly held accuseds were released the next day!!

The Court acquitted all accused including those sentenced to lesser sentences. The Court held that the case was totally foisted on them and they were uninvolved and innocent. The quiet drama that unfolded that day in the Supreme Court reaffirmed faith in justice and non-discrimination.

What is remarkable is that the POTA Trial court and the High Court of Gujarat had both convicted the accused and therefore the SC effectively was overturning the concurring judgments of 2 courts. The entire case rested on confessions given by the accused, which were repudiated later on (i.e. withdrawn by them). There have been documented attempts at torture and coercion. The SC pointed out that there were so many inconsistencies amongst the confession statements themselves, that they could not be believed, apart from an important point, that there was no independent evidence to lend support to the confessions. The SC pointed out poignantly that the effect of such failure to notice inconsistencies was that the accused found them convicted and sentenced for serious crimes.

The following quotes are poignant and tell their own story:
Para. 131: " ..... take note of the perversity in considering this case at various stages, right from investigation level to the granting of sanction by the State Government ..... We being the apex court cannot afford to sit with folded hands when such gross violation of fundamental rights and basic human Rights of the citizens of this country were presented before us.”

Para 136: "Before parting with the judgment, we intend t express our anguish about the incompetence with which the investigating agencies conducted the investigation of the case of such a grievous nature, involving the integrity and security of the Nation. Instead of booking the real culprits responsible for taking so many precious lives, the police caught innocent people and got imposed the grievous charges against them which is resulted in their conviction and subsequent sentencing".
Such verdicts no doubt reaffirm each citizen’s faith in the judiciary. The tale of trauma and injustice deserves fair recompense and prosecution of the perpetrators.

Full Supreme Court Judgement
http://supremecourtofindia.nic.in/outtoday/Crl.AppealNo.2295-2296of2010.pdf


A version of this appeared as the author’s weekly column in the daily, Rashtriya Sahara
 

Justice at Last


 Mufti Abdul Qayyum Ahmed Husain Mansuri     Courtesy: theweek.in

 
He is a Mufti. He is not a Terrorist. Apex Court reaffirms justice.


It would be easy to lose faith when you read a book like the one Mufti Abdul Qayyum Husain Mansuri has penned. I am a Mufti And I Am not a Terrorist.

In Gyarah Saal Salokhon Ke Peechen - This is the book recounting the unspeakable experience of being dubbed a terrorist for a crime he and others did not commit. After almost eleven long years, on May 16 2014, the Mufti was set free acquitted. The same day Narendra Modi swept to power in Delhi.

It was past 8.30 p.m. on the next day that he and the others walked out of the prison in Ahmedabad to a changed reality.  It was in that city charred and scarred by the genocidal carnage of 2002 where Mufti (like so many other community leaders) had set up relief camps for the shelter and sucour of the maimed and the traumatised. For that he had to pay and suffer the ignominy of being dubbed a traitor to his own country. Another Mufti, Maulana Umerji underwent a similar tragic fate after he had run the Godhra Relief camp where among others, Bilquees Bano had sought shelter. The cross state bonding of the security agencies when it comes to ‘terror’ attacks is a real challenge to the Constitutional bedrock of our democracy. This ‘terror’ is attributed to people of one community by the agencies and is a consequence of deep rooted prejudice. The rank unprofessionalism of sections of the Gujarat Police’s Crime Branch (evident to this day by the many judgments given by Supreme Court) and their Kashmiri compatriots shows a training and mindset which doesn’t pay heed to apolitical and honest investigation .   Remember Vanzara walking out of jail in February 2015 saying “Acche Din Aye Hai ” !

There are many things we could say about the book published by the Jamiat Ulama Gujarat and Maharashtra. We can comment on the quality of printing, editing, production etc. All that could have been better, much better. But much more than the obvious, it is the courage of conviction that shines through in the very act of publishing. Regardless of the not most presentable quality, the fact that an organization like the Jamiat has brought this truth before us all, raw and questioning, should make all of us Indians, think. Will it?

We live in a state of de-sanitized emotions where the daily firing squads led by some television anchors prevents any introspection into deep, systemic lapses. We are talking about serious injustices.

It was bad enough to read about the pathetically cruel attempts to make the Mufti write and re-write the letter that would damn him. Supreme Court didn’t believe the letter although it was full of details concocted by the minds of the Gujarat crime branch. One sentence that struck me deeply was towards the end of the book. This is when the Mufti is describing the indescribable joy he feels on the day of the release of the ‘convicts’. Outside the jail, his jail companion, Haji Farooq had made a bed of flowers that looked like a carpet. It was a poignant moment as fellow convicts, relatives all hugged each other. Loud and victorious slogans rent the air. Large sections of the print and electronic media were present and detailed euphoric interviews were taken. However, little got published or telecast. As the Mufti charmingly puts it, “But perhaps it was the censorship of the media, they censored the whole talk”. Remember it was also the day when an election result had been declared.

As Mufti Abdul Qayyum Mansuri says the judgment delivered by the Supreme Court is a symbol of true justice which, in this fearful and depressed environment is a ray of hope and motivation for all. The Judgment apart from acquitting the innocent has exposed the lies of the oppressor and the incompetence of the investigation agencies. Here was a case where the Supreme Court had used its special powers and re-examined chits in Urdu, so called Fidayeen’s clothes, dissected the cynically concocted evidence.

As our clients have been proved innocent and stayed imprisoned for 11 years, the Court should take immediate action for their release because even after being acquitted the formalities and legal procedures are lengthy in which the Sessions court and Jail Authorities take many days. – Adv Kamini Jaiswal

The moment the historic judgment was delivered, one of the senior advocates for the accused Ms Kamini Jaiswal stood up and said that “As our clients have been proved innocent and stayed imprisoned for 11 years, the Court should take immediate action for their release because even after being acquitted the formalities and legal procedures are lengthy in which the Sessions court and Jail Authorities take many days.”

A wireless fax message was sent to the Sabarmati Jail authorities by the Supreme Court. The unfairly and unjustly held accuseds were released the next day!!

The Court acquitted all accused including those sentenced to lesser sentences. The Court held that the case was totally foisted on them and they were uninvolved and innocent. The quiet drama that unfolded that day in the Supreme Court reaffirmed faith in justice and non-discrimination.

What is remarkable is that the POTA Trial court and the High Court of Gujarat had both convicted the accused and therefore the SC effectively was overturning the concurring judgments of 2 courts. The entire case rested on confessions given by the accused, which were repudiated later on (i.e. withdrawn by them). There have been documented attempts at torture and coercion. The SC pointed out that there were so many inconsistencies amongst the confession statements themselves, that they could not be believed, apart from an important point, that there was no independent evidence to lend support to the confessions. The SC pointed out poignantly that the effect of such failure to notice inconsistencies was that the accused found them convicted and sentenced for serious crimes.

The following quotes are poignant and tell their own story:
Para. 131: " ..... take note of the perversity in considering this case at various stages, right from investigation level to the granting of sanction by the State Government ..... We being the apex court cannot afford to sit with folded hands when such gross violation of fundamental rights and basic human Rights of the citizens of this country were presented before us.”

Para 136: "Before parting with the judgment, we intend t express our anguish about the incompetence with which the investigating agencies conducted the investigation of the case of such a grievous nature, involving the integrity and security of the Nation. Instead of booking the real culprits responsible for taking so many precious lives, the police caught innocent people and got imposed the grievous charges against them which is resulted in their conviction and subsequent sentencing".
Such verdicts no doubt reaffirm each citizen’s faith in the judiciary. The tale of trauma and injustice deserves fair recompense and prosecution of the perpetrators.

Full Supreme Court Judgement
http://supremecourtofindia.nic.in/outtoday/Crl.AppealNo.2295-2296of2010.pdf


A version of this appeared as the author’s weekly column in the daily, Rashtriya Sahara
 

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