Father sends engg student to Tablighi programme after college suspends him

Delhi cops detain him, later vouch for his ‘innocence’, tell college to take him back.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | Gangapur | Published:July 29, 2014 1:27 am
Merazuddin’s admit card. Source: Tashi Tobgyal Merazuddin’s admit card. Source: Tashi Tobgyal

In June this year, Mohammed Merazuddin could have been a mechanical engineer. Instead, three months after he was detained briefly by the Delhi Police for alleged links with the Indian Mujahideen (IM), the 22-year-old is at Delhi’s Tablighi Jamaat, cut off entirely from the world of science and technology that he had chosen for himself.

Suspended by his college, Jaipur’s Global Institute of Technology (GIT), after his detention, Merazuddin, or Meraz, has not been allowed back, says his family.

“I have taken away his phone, and sent him to the Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi. He is living there with the maulvis and learning about the work of prophets. It is for his spiritual reformation. Reaching out to Muslims, preaching to them, will bring him closer to Islam,” Meraz’s father, Mohammed Niazuddin, a train driver, said.


Meraz, a fourth year B.Tech student, was picked up early on March 23 by the Delhi Police from a house in Jaipur that he shared with alleged IM operative Waqar Azhar, a fellow mechanical engineering student accused of plotting a terror attack during the Lok Sabha elections. Meraz was alleged to have lent his laptop to Waqar.

However, the Delhi Police released Meraz within 18 hours, handing him over to his father after completing a few formalities in the capital.

But Meraz’s college suspended him, citing media reports. Says Niazuddin, “After what Meraz went through, his college, his friends, relatives, everyone abandoned him. They all asked questions that made him uncomfortable.”

In the circumstances, Niazuddin said, Tablighi Jamaat “was the best I could have done for him”. “I go to Delhi once in a while to meet him, otherwise Meraz is not in touch with any of his brothers or friends here.”

Niazuddin said he wrote to the GIT authorities twice — on April 3 and April 24 — and went to meet the registrar and the director of the institute, but they were unwilling to have his son back.

Sources said the Delhi Police Special Cell too had requested GIT to take Meraz back. They had summoned the college registrar, Surendra Kumar Pokharna, with Meraz’s records and certificates and, after examining his credentials, conduct and record of attendance, reportedly asked the registrar to re-admit him.

“As a part of our investigation, we examined the records and told the registrar that as Meraz had no connection with the case, he should be allowed to write the exam and complete his degree. We told him that Meraz was interrogated and let off only after we were satisfied of his innocence,” a Delhi Police officer said.

Rajasthan DGP Omendra Bhardwaj, however, said the state police could yet question Meraz. “We have neither given him a clean chit nor are we saying he could be guilty. We have not interrogated him yet but at some point in the future might need to talk to him,” he told The Indian Express.

Niazuddin said the college had refused to listen to the family’s pleas.

“Meraz told me he wanted to resume his studies and pursue an M. Tech degree. He wrote to the university too, asking that he be reinstated as no evidence had been found against him, but no one entertained his application. Then I went to the authorities with another application, and also attached news clippings about Meraz’s innocence, but they refused to take my application. I had to send it by post. On April 29, a reply came from the college saying they had informed Rajasthan Technical University about the matter and that we should wait for a reply from them. I am still waiting.”

GIT director Prof. Renu Joshi, however, said they had never stopped Meraz from appearing for his exam. “I told Mr Niazuddin to come and fill in the forms required for the admit card, and also asked him to speak to the university authorities, but he never turned up. In fact, we even sensitised the students in our college, asking them to behave normally with Meraz once he returned.”
Registrar Pokharna too insisted the college had not stopped Meraz from rejoining. However, Meraz’s suspension was never revoked.

Niazuddin said he would go back to GIT in October, when forms are issued for students who haven’t done well to take the final year exams again. “I will request them to let him appear and finish his degree, else we will have to hire a lawyer. My son is very good in studies and aspires to be an engineer. He scored over 80 per cent in his Class XII exam, and cleared his first three years at the engineering college with distinction. I can’t let his dreams crash just because he was picked up by the police on mere suspicion.”

Pokharna, however, conceded it was unlikely that Meraz would be able to write the exam. “He did not attend even a single class of the final semester (that began in January) and will not be allowed to sit for the exam as 75 per cent attendance is compulsory. However, he can always give an undertaking and get it approved from the university,” the registrar said.

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  1. G
    Govinda Reddy
    Jul 30, 2014 at 4:18 am
    The Insute must be punished spoiling his life.
    1. D
      Da Undertoad
      Jul 29, 2014 at 4:43 am
      catch-22, red tape, and a fair amount of big-league CYA. Hang in there, young master Merazuddin, this too shall p. There is nothing your so-called teachers could have taught you in those last three months that cannot be accessed on the net. Non carbondum illegitimus, dude.
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        Lokapure C
        Jul 29, 2014 at 7:44 pm
        Society should make the life difficult for those who indulge in anti national terrorist activities. This will be definitely agood deterent for those who help terrorist without getting invilved in activity. They should not be allowed to go scot free just because police could not prove his partition in terrorism activities. Why did he not report his room mates nefarious activities to authorities ?
        1. C
          Jul 30, 2014 at 2:08 am
          u should be thrown out. i am hindu . U do not derrve to keep vivekanand's photo. he would not have thought like u. no hatred for any community is welcome. but u r not reader so its beyond your i.q. level. read buddy read.
          1. H
            Jul 29, 2014 at 1:51 am
            I hope the college lets the kid appear for his exam. If they don't, a good and hardworking kid can go bad due to frustration and feeling of injustice. Just my 2 cents. As for Meraj, don't be discouraged. Keep your chin up and keep pursuing your dream. God helps those who help themselves. If Delhi Police is going to this extent to help you, then you must most certainly have impressed them. To Rajasthan police, please, do whatever investigation is necessary quickly and judiciously. If there is something that has upset you other than the legalities of the case; please forgive and forget. A kid's future is at stake, all concerned people should co-operate.
            1. L
              Jul 29, 2014 at 5:10 pm
              There is no need to spew the hatred, what goes around comes around and none would like the picture. Show compion and you won't have to worry about the future.
              1. L
                Jul 29, 2014 at 4:59 pm
                This is plain stupid, Police should know that there is a social stigma and also individual organizational policies where the candidate may be working/studying and can cause an adverse reaction - It would have been better if they were discrete...
                1. S
                  Jul 29, 2014 at 7:01 am
                  If he is honest and willing to complete his engineering, he should and (have been allowed as the insution claims). Looks like no one knows the reality.
                  1. P
                    Prashant Donekal
                    Jul 29, 2014 at 7:23 pm
                    Oh just wait till they become 30% and they will ask for another country soon, in this way they will create 10 new countries out if india in the next 100 years, and then people can forget that hindus ever existed- already telangana is the first islamic state of india just check state logo in arabic. Jai hind
                    1. P
                      Pais Hilary
                      Jul 29, 2014 at 5:33 am
                      It is becoming increasingly difficult for mohammedans in India.
                      1. P
                        Jul 30, 2014 at 2:24 am
                        Ppl like you, Mr. Akash, are a bane to our society.
                        1. P
                          Jul 29, 2014 at 6:40 am
                          "The State Police might talk to him in future" - Very funny. After 20 years? This is Nonsense. Don't spoil his life. Relax all norms and let him finish his education.
                          1. R
                            Jul 29, 2014 at 5:54 am
                            That is utterly wrong on the part of Insute, specifically when the police have given him the clean chit.Why a young man ' future should be allowed to go astray for non of his fault.
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                              B. Raghuram
                              Jul 29, 2014 at 4:50 am
                              The slow process and the careless atude of the authorities make people HATE the Govt. and become anti social inspite of being well educate. Hence the increase in the number of Educated anti social elementa
                              1. I
                                Jul 29, 2014 at 3:45 am
                                There is no accountability. Who is responsible for spoiling life of a young man and his family? Are we living in stone age, if not, then stop behaving likewise.
                                1. S
                                  Jul 29, 2014 at 8:57 pm
                                  Why are they waiting? Please file a case against GIT, sue them heavily for lost opportunity, mental torture and defamation.
                                  1. P
                                    Jul 30, 2014 at 2:51 am
                                    It is all happening because of hatemonger BJP ruling government.
                                    1. B
                                      Jul 29, 2014 at 1:39 am
                                      The college authorities should be punished. This is not fair.
                                      1. S
                                        Jul 29, 2014 at 7:20 am
                                        I wish the very best for this earnest young man who is innocent and bright. I hope he has a great future. This news media can take up his case with the college to let him continue and complete his studies, going into M.Tech as he desires upon graduation. This would be the right step further in a good cause as part of investigative reporting in the details on Meraz. Sincere, innocent young people need all the support and encouragement they can get.
                                        1. S
                                          Jul 29, 2014 at 12:58 am
                                          Hope we do not convert an engineer to a terrorist..... He must be provided some opportunity to fulfill his dreams......
                                          1. A
                                            Jul 29, 2014 at 5:52 am
                                            It will be better for the country that these "Progeny of Babar" are thrown out of your country ASAP otherwise I am not seeing the day very far when we will be thrown out as soon as they are 35-40%.
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