Ten years as an undertrial, but no justice in sight: The tragic fate of Zakariya – By Najiya O
On February 5, 2009, 19-year-old Zakariya left his home in Parappanangadi to head to the mobile shop located 20 kilometres away in Tirur, Malappuram, where he was working. He never returned home. The worried family searched for him but in vain. After some days, the family got a call from Zakariya himself informing them that he was under police custody in Bengaluru. Since then, he has been an undertrial toiling at the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison.
Zakariya is the 8th accused in the Bangalore bomb blast case which took place on July 25, 2008, and has been charged under the draconian UAPA. He is accused of having provided technical assistance for the bomb blast. The Karnataka police reportedly caught him from Tirur and took him away to Bengaluru without informing the local police or the concerned family.
The police are also understood to have frightened his mother Beeyumma to not to bring this news out and that her son’s release would be difficult if the media came to know of it.…
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