After acquittal, Maqbool ‘denied’ passport


Srinagar, Nov 19: The Jammu and Kashmir Government has allegedly denied passport to a resident of Srinagar, Syed Maqbool Shah, who was held in 1996 in Delhi in connection with Lajpat Nagar blasts and acquitted after 14 years in April 2010.
 Shah said the state government has failed to rehabilitate him. “Two years have passed since I was freed. The government has failed to compensate me. My life is a pot of miseries,” he told Greater Kashmir.
 He said he had applied for the passport but was denied it for unknown reasons.  “When I was arrested in Delhi, we lost our business. Our source of income was over forever. We have nowhere to go. While I was in jail, my family back home was without any source of income. Now I am home but it doesn’t make much difference. The government is not even issuing me a passport.”
 Pertinently, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) had urged the government to adequately compensate Shah. “Syed Maqbool Shah should be adequately compensated... the Centre should intervene and give him a job and ensure a secure life. He has been a victim of a totally flawed investigation and we cannot shrug it off as collateral damage. We should rehabilitate him to give the right message to the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” CPI (M) member Brinda Karat had said in the Rajya Sabha.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 19 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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