A FORTNIGHT after seeing her husband Nasir Rangrez, 35, being arrested on terror-related charges, Ayesha Paya is not willing to speculate much before she sees him again as a free man.
Hours after a court in Ahmedabad discharged Nasir, Ayesha, when contacted Tuesday evening, said her family was yet to receive any information about his release. “I am very happy to know he is released. I knew he would be released because he was not involved,” Ayesha, 31, told The Indian Express. “We have been praying for him…”
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Belgaum DCP (Crime) Amarnath Reddy also said the local police had not received any information of Nasir’s release.
Since Nasir’s sudden arrest from their home on the evening of June 19, Ayesha had refused to speak to the media. She took their young daughters and moved to the home of a relative to prevent the family from turning into a local spectacle.
The shock received on June 19, however, was the second time in her married life. In 2008, Ayesha had seen Nasir, then an autorickshaw driver in Belgaum, arrested by Karnataka police, along with 15 others, on charges of affiliation with SIMI. After three years in jail, he was acquitted on November 8, 2011 by Belgaum court, which said the prosecution failed to prove guilt “beyond all reasonable doubt’’ that Nasir and his associates were involved in unlawful activities.
Post-acquittal, the family had begun reconstructing their lives again. Nasir set up a business, the couple had a second child. But then came the arrest on June 19.