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Lawyer who got 10 freed from terror charge is honoured in Azamgarh

Mohammad Shoaib was honoured at a function attended by families of alleged IM operatives hailing from Sanjarpur and nearby villages.

2008 Batla House encounter, indian mujahideen, lucknow lawyer, lawyer felicitation, Mohammad Shoaib, india  news, nation news Mohd Shoaib (2nd from left) with Shadab Ahmed, father of alleged IM member Mohd Saif, in Sanjarpur Saturday. (Express photo)

Sanjarpur in Azamgarh, which gained notoriety after the 2008 Batla House encounter in Delhi where two alleged Indian Mujahideen operatives from the village were shot dead and another arrested, on Saturday felicitated a Lucknow lawyer responsible for the acquittal of ten young men in terror cases.

Mohammad Shoaib was honoured at a function attended by families of alleged IM operatives hailing from Sanjarpur and nearby villages.

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“For several years, we had been hearing about Shoaib. He had been fighting cases of youths implicated on terror charges. I had also gone to meet him. We all salute him for the services rendered to families whose members had been booked on terror charges,” Abu Saad, elder brother of absconding alleged IM operative Abu Rashid, said.

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Sanjarpur is home to Mohammad Saif, arrested from Batla House. His brother Dr Shahnawaz, Mohammad Arif and Salman, Mohammad Sajid alias Sajid Bada, Mohammad Khalid, Abu Rashid, Mohammad Rashid are all absconding.

Shadab Ahmed alias Mister, father of Mohammad Saif and Dr Shahnawaz, handed over a memento to Mohammad Shoaib.
“Lawyer Shoaib has been fighting alleged terror arrests for a long time and deserves to be felicitated. The Rihai Manch organised the function and we all attended it,” Shadab Ahmed said.

Shakir, elder brother of Sajid Bada who intelligence agencies believe died fighting for the Islamic State in Syria, said: “I went to the function to congratulate Shoaib for the good work he is doing. He has been fighting cases of suspects despite being attacked himself.”

The ten men who Shoaib got acquitted of terror charges were Jalaluddin alias Babu Bhai, Sheikh Mukhtar Hussain, Mohammad Ali Akbar Hussain, Aziz-ur-Rehman, Noor Islam, Yakoob, Naushad, Kaleem Akhtar, Gulzar Ahmed Wani and Mohammad Iqbal.

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Shoaib is also the lawyer of Tariq Qasmi, Mohammad Akhtar and Sajjadur Rehman, all booked for their alleged involvement in explosions in courts on November 23, 2007. He has been attacked twice by lawyers in Faizabad and Lucknow courts. After the blasts, the bar association had asked lawyers not to take up terror cases.

When his comments were sought, Shoaib said, “There were several ups and downs while fighting terror cases. I was assaulted by lawyers for taking up these cases. But I have always maintained that every person is innocent until proven guilty. As most of my clients come from poor families, I charge only expenses related to court proceedings.”

First published on: 07-02-2016 at 04:15:05 am
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