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His first and only child dead, 1998 blasts convict recalls failed parole bids

Written by Sukanya Shantha | Mumbai | Posted: March 4, 2014 6:23 am | Updated: March 4, 2014 6:32 am

A blast convict has alleged that he was denied parole on several occasions including the time his wife was seriously ill and his infant child died of complications. Mohammad Yakub Abdul Majeed, convicted to life for conspiring and participating in the 1998 serial railway blasts was finally released on parole for fourteen days after he moved a writ petition against the jail authorities before the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court.

Majeed had first moved an application on December 19, 2013 on the ground that his wife was pregnant and had several complications. “Her health had deteriorated and she was in need of immediate medical attention. My application was not acted upon for over a month,” Majeed said.

He then moved another application soon after his daughter was born. “She was born all right but developed complications a week later. She was born with congenital heart disease. I sought an immediate release, but that was taken into account, again,” Majeed alleges. His daughter died a month later on February 11. “I again moved an application. This time, too, no decision was taken,” Majeed said.

Majeed finally moved a writ petition. “My papers were immediately processed and I was allowed on parole on February 27. My writ petition was disposed of by the High Court,” Majeed said. Nagpur prison superintendent G K Mahale could not be reached for comment as his phone was switched off. Other senior officials also refused to comment on the matter.

Majeed, one of the eleven persons to be convicted under several charges of the Indian Penal Code for their alleged role in the 1998 railway blasts that killed one person, has already spent over 13 years in the prison.

The convicts had caused a series of explosions in 1998 at Kanjurmarg station (January 23, 1998), Goregaon and Malad railway tracks (January 24, 1998) and three consecutive bomb blasts on February 27, 1998 near Virar station, Santacruz railway station and on platform number two at Kandivali railway station.

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