Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union (AMUSU) has organised a function on the campus Thursday to felicitate two Gujarat-based men who were acquitted by Supreme Court last year after spending 11 years in jail in connection with Akshardham terror attack case.
At the function, one of them, Mufti Abdul Qaiyum, will also release his book Gyarah Saal Salakhon Ke Peeche (11 years behind the bars), which has reportedly been banned by the Gujarat Police.
The AMUSU has also collected contributions from students for presenting monetary award to Qaiyum and Adambhai Sulemanbhai Ajmeri during the function. Both of them were acquitted by the Supreme Court in 2014 after being awarded death penalty by Gujarat High Court.
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“Gujarat police had stopped the book release function. We will be holding it at Kennedy auditorium on the campus where a book reading session will follow. We are doing this to boost up the morale of those who have been falsely implicated in terror cases,” AMUSU president Abdullah Azzam told The Indian Express.
Besides, Qaiyum and Adam, AMUSU has also invited several lawyers, including Mehmood Pracha who was the defence counsel of the two. Jamiat Uleme-e-Hind secretary Gulzar Azmi who, too, supported them along with Zafrul Islam Khan of Majlis-e-Mushawarat will also be present at the function.
“We will also felicitate all the lawyers and others who had supported those who were languishing in jail. We want to show that the community is behind them,” Azzam said.
He said small contributions are being sought from students of AMU. “It is totally voluntary and private contribution and students are coming forward for the cause,” he added.
Azzam also said that AMUSU will appeal for constituting a fund at national level for helping in rehabilitation of those who have been acquitted by court in terror cases. “Obviously, government will not do it and so it can be done at community and society level. We will appeal to everyone to come forward for this,” he said.
Two fidayeen had sprayed bullets from AK-56 rifles and lobbed hand grenades killing 33 people, including devotees and tourists, and injuring another 86 before being shot dead by NSG commandos at Akshardham temple on September 25, 2002. Three commandos, including one from NSG, and a constable of the State Reserve Police (SRP) were also killed during the operation.