On the night of February 20,1988,Mohammad Aamir says,he was kidnapped by officials of Delhi Police Crime Branch on the charge of carrying out serial blasts in Delhi and Haryana in 1997. He says he was 18-years-old when he was branded a terrorist,named an accused in 19 cases and jailed for 14 years.
On January 15,2012,Aamir was pronounced innocent in court and acquitted.
On Thursday,he visited Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat to seek their help in getting compensation.
He says in over a year since his acquittal,the government made no effort to rehabilitate him.
I want to forget my past and move on. When someone asks me my age,I say I am one year and three months old,because I was reborn the day I was acquitted. Now,I want to complete my education. I want to become either a lawyer or a journalist. But for that I will need assistance from the government, he says.
Aamir says Dikshit asked him to submit a written application seeking assistance for rehabilitation. I will go to her house tomorrow and give it in writing. She has assured me that she will do everything possible to help me. I am hoping for the best, he said.
Aamirs lawyer,advocate N D Pancholi,says,It is states responsibility to rehabilitate him. He was falsely implicated and tortured… After spending his entire youth in the jail,the least he can expect is some assistance from the state.
Aamir says he spent his entire youth behind bars,awaiting justice. During those 14 years,he lost his father,his mother became paralysed and his family landed in debt.
When I returned home after 14 years,everything had changed. My father was not there to welcome me. My mother couldnt even utter my name. My house was gone and we were in debt. I need to set everything right, he says.
He says his priority is to arrange good treatment for his mother. After his fathers death,Aamir says,his mother ran from pillar to post looking for lawyers to defend him. She attended hearings in all his cases.
She is very brave. She knew I would be free one day. She waited for 10 years,but ultimately broke down. She had a brain attack and she was paralysed, Aamir says.
Aamir completed a Bachelors Preparatory Programme,a BA and a certificate course in food and nutrition while he was in jail. He married a school teacher six months ago,and says he is happy that he has a family.