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2nd son freed, Nisar’s mother has her wish fulfilled
‘Who will pay for his lost years?’
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SRINAGAR, Nov 22: Mirza Nisar’s acquittal by the Delhi High Court today saved two lives - Of Nisar, who can breathe free after almost 16 years; and of his 58-year-old mother, Padshah Begum, who has her wish fulfilled.

“Now, I can die in peace…,” commented Begum, while talking to media shortly after learning that her son was freed of all charges by the Delhi High Court. Her celebration was only half-hearted when the high court acquitted her other son in the same case in 2010. On the same day, Mirza Nisar was awarded death penalty.

In the cozy room of their old house at Shamaswari here, Padshah Begum looked relieved, but she did not smile. As if the long wait for her son, and worries about his prolonged suffering, had affixed the frown on her face.

Nisar was arrested from Nepal by Delhi Police on charges of his involvement in 1996 Lajpat Nagar blast case. His elder brother, Mirza Iftikhar, was among nine others arrested in the case.

In May 2010, the District and Sessions Court New Delhi sentenced to death three people including Mirza Nisar. Iftikhar was, however, among those acquitted released and he had returned home after 14 years. It had been a moment of mixed emotions for the family: celebrating elder son’s release and mourning Nisar’s death sentence.

Now as the Delhi High Court today, after hearing the appeal against the earlier decision, acquitted Nissar and Mohammad Ali Bhat alias Kille, the celebrations are complete. Bhat is also a Kashmiri, who too like Nisar had been awarded death penalty in 2010 but has been acquitted today.

“His (Nisar’s) acquittal is something that I will celebrate till my death,” Begum said.

Nisar, as per the family, was 16 at the time of arrest. After the death of his father, he had gone to Delhi to help his brother in the Pashmina business, which they lost to the years in jail.

Iftikhar has been jobless for two years following his release, and Nisar, Padshah Begum feared, might have to struggle too.

“Iftikhar was in jail for 14 years,” the mother said, “now he is jobless. Who will pay for Nisar’s lost years?”

Besides releasing Nisar and Bhat, the High Court’s bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and G P Mittal has converted Mohammad Naushad’s death penalty to life term and has upheld the life sentence given to third Javed Ahmad Khan alias Chotta Javed. Javed also happens to hail from Kashmir. The bench, however, slammed the police for “serious lapses” in probe of the case.

“Police has not maintained minimum standard of probe in the case, test identification parade was not conducted, statement of vital witnesses were not recorded. There was also absence of ‘Delhi Diary’ entry in the case,” the bench was quoted as having said.


News Updated at : Friday, November 23, 2012
 
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