Terror tales






Khalid Mujahid- illegally arrested, tortured, and killed in the name of terrorism.

Hundreds of Muslim youth all across India have been wrongly implicated in terrorism cases. Many were able to prove their innocence only after many years of slow trials that destroyed their lives and careers while bringing untold sufferings to their families.

Here we present stories that we have done over the years documenting victims of India's "war against terrorism."

ASSAM

Rustam Ali, Sherafat Ali and Dhiren Doley: When fishermen were made Al Qaeda terrorist overnight in Assam: Sept 14, 2014

ANDHRA PRADESH

Dr. Ibrahim Ali Junaid: Dr. Ibrahim Ali Junaid healing his own terror tag: June 07, 2013

Dr. Ibrahim Ali Junaid: Terror acquittal: Dr Ibrahim Ali Junaid of Hyderabad: Mar 23, 2010

Dr. Jalees Ansari: Hyderabad blasts case accused acquitted after 22 years, to remain in jail on other charges: Dec 16, 2015

Maulana Naseeruddin: Terror acquittal: Maulana Naseeruddin of Hyderabad speaks about ordeal: Mar 18, 2010

Mohammed Azmath : Released after ‘interrogation’ detained Muslim youths feel ‘hurt’: Feb 25, 2013

Mohammed Rayeesuddin : Released after ‘interrogation’ detained Muslim youths feel ‘hurt’: Feb 25, 2013

Obaidur Rahman: Muslim youths arrested in Hyderabad after the Bangalore crack down, the wave of terror arrests shift to south India: Sep 1, 2012

Sheikh Hashim Ali: Justice denied, now waiting for judgment: Sheikh Hashim Ali’s 13 years’ incarceration: May 25, 2013.

Syed Imran Khan: a victim of war against terror in India: Oct 1, 2012.

Taj-ul Islam Kazi Siddiqui: Ghatkopar blast paradox: Techie Taj-ul-Islam Siddqui too discharged of all terror charges: Aug 11, 2013


BIHAR

Qateel Siddiqui's uncle Mohd Akhtar.

Aftab Alam: My son is innocent: Aftab’s father: Dec 10, 2011

Abdul Rahman:
Meet the frightened mother of Abdur Rahman in Darbhanga: Mar 23, 2012.

Fasih Mahmood: Where is Fasih Mahmood/: special series from May 2012 to Oct 2012.

Gauhar Aziz Khomaini:
Police violated Supreme Court guidelines while arresting terror accused: Dec 3, 2011.

My son was not involved in any crime: Gauhar Aziz Khomaini’s father Mar 21, 2012.

Gayur Jamali: Please don’t spoil his life if he is not guilty: Gayur Jamali’s father Mar 12, 2012

Kafeel Ahmad: Bicycle repair mechanic for Darbhanga, IM recruiter for Delhi Police: Mar 10, 2012

Qateel Siddiqui: My brother can never be a terrorist: Qateel Siddiqui’s sister: Mar 14, 2012


DELHI

Dilawar Hussain: Acquittals in terror case: Welcome welcomes her Maulanas with open arm: Jan 11, 2010

Irshad Khan: Family of Irshad, the “mastermind” denies terror link, hopes he will come clean: Dec 2, 2011

Taquee Ahmed: Brother of terror accused alleges harassment by ATS Mumbai, seeks police protection: Feb 14, 2012.

Masood Ahmed Qasmi: Acquittals in terror case: Welcome welcomes her Maulanas with open arm: Jan 11, 2010

Mohammad Aamir:

Mohammad Aamir Khan honoured with award, cash by rights group: Jul 12, 2012.

14 years in jail, acquitted but still scared of police witch-hunt: Jan 29, 2012.

War on terror: If you can’t find the terrorist, make one: Jan 26, 2012.

12 yrs in jail and counting: Story of Amir – a victim of war on terror: Aug 11, 2010.


KARNATAKA

Mutti-ur-Rehman: Journalist Mutti-ur-Rehman takes on the media for their biased reporting: May 31, 2013

Yusuf Nalaband: NIA cleared me of all charges but that terror arrest still haunts my life: Syed Yusuf Nalaband: Jul 7, 2013


MADHYA PRADESH

Mohammad Sajid's family struggling to survive in Ujjain.

Aamil Parvez: The bizarre case of Aamil Parvez: Jun 12, 2012.

Arshad Bilgrami: A trial of 11 years and counting: Jun 5, 2012

Azhar Qureishi: Aurangabad encounter: Azhar Qureishi’s family demands CBI inquiry: Apr 4, 2012

Hafiz Mohammad Yousuf Khan: Inside MP prisons, a life of hell awaits Muslim prisoners: Jun 15, 2012

Iqrar Sheikh: Iqrar and Habeeb: two different paths to jail: Jun 9, 2012

Irfan Chhipa: Destroying their lives when not killing them in encounters: Jun 14, 2012.

Khalid Nayeem: A trial of 11 years and counting: Jun 5, 2012

Mohammad Abraar: Destroying their lives when not killing them in encounters: Jun 14, 2012.

Mohammad Akheel: A trial of 11 years and counting: Jun 5, 2012

Mohammad Amaan: Inside MP prisons, a life of hell awaits Muslim prisoners: Jun 15, 2012

Mohammad Habeeb: Iqrar and Habeeb: two different paths to jail: Jun 9, 2012

Mohammad Iqbal Nagori: SIMI, an excuse to harass Muslims of Madhya Pradesh: Jun 4, 2012.

Mohammed Sajid:
Robbing their peace and declaring them dacoits: Jun 7, 2012.

Terror accused writes from Jabalpur jail: Nov 14, 2012.

Mohammad Shafiq: Multiple stories of an arrest: Jun 13, 2012

Mohammad Younus: Multiple stories of an arrest: Jun 13, 2012

Naved Iqbal: Inside MP prisons, a life of hell awaits Muslim prisoners: Jun 15, 2012

Sajid Pasha: SIMI, an excuse to harass Muslims of Madhya Pradesh: Jun 4, 2012.

Sarfaraz Qureshi: Muslim youths of Ujjain: Harassed by police and media: Jun 6, 2012

Sayeed Ahmed Nagori: Muslim youths of Ujjain: Harassed by police and media: Jun 6, 2012


MAHARASHTRA

Javed Ahmed Ansari: Accused in Aurangabad Arms haul case gets bail after 8 years in jail: Nov 19, 2013

Saeedun-Nissa Ali: Wife of train blast accused alleges harassment by ATS: Mar 13, 2013

Salman Farsi: Malegaon 2006 blast accused Salman Farsi on indefinite hunger strike in jail: April 16, 2009


TAMILNADU

Long wait for acquittals: stories of the innocents: A five-part series by Rohan Premkumar

Bakruddin Ali Ahmed: Long wait for acquittals: Bakruddin Ali Ahmed: Sept 21, 2015

Kunangudi Haniffa: Justice at last for Haniffa and 7 other Muslims: May 24, 2010

Mubarak Ali: Long wait for acquittals: Mubarak Ali: Sept 16, 2015

Saddam Hussain: Long wait for acquittals: Saddam Hussain: Sept 17, 2015

Sardar Basha: Long wait for acquittals: Sardar Basha: Sept 19, 2015


UTTAR PRADESH

Khalid Mujahid: Khalid Mujahid death: Fasting IPF leaders's heath condition worsens: June 17, 2013.

Khalid Mujahid: Rihai Manch: IB responsible for Khalid’s murder like Ishrat Jhan fake encounter in Gujarat: June 06, 2013.

Khalid Mujahid: PUDR wants ‘criminal responsibility’ fixed in Khalid Mujahid death: June 06, 2013.

British Indian Muslims express solidarity with Rihai Manch’s indefinite sit-in: Khalid Mujahid: June 06, 2013.

Azamgarh Speaks: a special series on Azamgarh. Nov 2008.

Isa Azmi: Communal cops, terror bogey, and Muslims: May 19, 2011

Khalid Mujahid: Another extra-judicial murder? Khalid Mujahid dies: May 18, 2013

Mohammad Irfan: A letter to the President from a terror accused: Jul 20, 2013

Mohammad Javed: ‘मेरा जुर्म बस यह था कि मैंने पाकिस्तानी लड़की से प्यार किया’ : March 15, 2016

Syed Wasif Haider: Acquitted by court, media trial still continues: Nov 24, 2012.

West Bengal

Abudllah Juber: After 8 years in jail on terror charges, three persons acquitted by a Kolkata court: Mar 1, 2014

Akhlaque Ahmad Khan: Over 14 years as undertrial on charges of conspiracy to wage war Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Aug, 2013

Hassanuzzaman: 2 Muslim youths languishing in jail without chargesheet for 5 years: Jun 10, 2013

Mohammad Mustaque: 2 Muslim youths languishing in jail without chargesheet for 5 years: Jun 10, 2013

Nur Ahmed: After 8 years in jail on terror charges, three persons acquitted by a Kolkata court: Mar 1, 2014

Tarique Akhter: After 8 years in jail on terror charges, three persons acquitted by a Kolkata court: Mar 1, 2014


DEFENDERS OF JUSTICE



Khalid Azmi, Mohammad Shoaib, Mohammad Saleem, Naushad Kashimji, Ismail Jalagar, Noor Mohammad: Men in black who stood by the Constitution and justice

Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR): JUH and APCR: Two different tracks which responded to the call of justice: July 15, 2013

Catholic Secular Forum (CSF): Don't politicize terrorism, don't stereotype Muslims, says Catholic Forum: Feb 22, 2013.

Faisal Khan: Gandhian fasts against arrests of Muslim youths in terror cases: Dec 9, 2011

Human Rights Watch (HRW): India abused terror suspects, mostly Muslims: Human Rights Watch: Feb 2, 2011

Gulzar Azmi: Passion for justice keeps the Septuagenarian going: Aug 7, 2011

Jamia Teachers Solidarity Association (JTSA): Terror stories of Delhi Police Special Cell: Sep 17, 2012.

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind:

JUH and APCR two different tracks which responded to the cry of justice: July 15, 2013

SC admits plea for compensation to Muslim youths, fresh probe of terror blasts: Aug 28, 2012

Jamiat Ulema will fight the case of 13/7 Mumbai blast accused: Jan 25, 2012

Khalid Azmi: The Azmi brothers: Profiles in courage: June 17, 2010

M N Kandasami: TN MLA Kandasami bats for release of Muslim terror under-trials: Jun 14, 2010.

Advocate M S Khan: Interview with Adv M S Khan who secured acquittals in terror cases in India: Nov 5, 2009

Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen: Rehabilitation efforts for youths acquitted of terror charges in Hyderabad: Mar 29, 2010

Mohd. Adeeb: Free innocent Muslim youths jailed in the name of terrorism: Mohd. Adeeb: Mar 4, 2013.

National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO): NCHRO fact-finding report on Bengaluru blast 2013: May 31, 2013

Advocate Nehal Ahmed Ansari: We need Anna to get justice for Malegaon youths: Adv. Nehal Ahmed: Aug 22, 2011

Nisa Research and Resource Centre: Rehabilitation efforts for youths acquitted of terror charges in Hyderabad: Mar 29, 2010

Prashant Bhushan: Biased terror probe will increase terrorism: Prashant Bhushan: Oct 15, 2008

Rihai Manch: On third day of protest, Rihai Manch poses 16 questions to Muslim MLAs & ministers: May 24, 2013.

Shahid Azmi: Shahid (Azmi) Lives, Shaheeds Never Die | Three years without Shahid Azmi:

Shafiq Rahman Mahajir: Twenty-two questions to the Police Commissioner of Hyderabad: Feb 25, 2013


ACQUITTALS

Three Muslim youth acquitted in 14 years old Lucknow case; No respite for Kashmiri youth as another case pending: April 11, 2014

'They are in jail because they wear a Kurta, sport a beard and keep a Quran at home': Nov 3, 2013

22 cases of acquittal and discharge of youth wrongfully charged and incarcerated: Nov 12, 2012

14 Youths acquitted of Jaipur blast charge.: Dec 25, 2011

Today is our Eid, says son of a Malegaon blast accused: Nov 16, 2011

Seven jailed Malegaon blasts accused let out on bail: Nov 16, 2011

Fahim Ansari thanked God after acquittal in 26/11: Feb 22, 2011

Justice at last for Haniffa and 7 other Muslims: May 24, 2010

How Ansari, Ahmed were acquitted in terror trial: May 3, 2010.

21 Hyderabadi Muslim youths acquitted of terror charges: Dec 31, 2008.


ANALYSIS

Khalid Mujahid: War on terror continues to terrorize: May 24, 2013

Muslim youths: India’s most wanted!: May 23, 2013

If it's terror, blame it on Muslims: Aijaz Zaka Syed. Mar 1, 2013.

Framing innocent Muslims, who is responsible?: Feb 17, 2013

Politics of terror: targeting Muslim youth: Nov 9, 2012.

Terror witch-hunt: What about the families?: Kashif-ul-Huda. July 11, 2012

Terror cases against Muslims: Jul 6, 2012

kise vakil karen, kis se munsifi chahen?: Jun 21, 2012

Fighting phantoms: The story of Madhya Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad: Kashif-ul-Huda. Jun 17, 2012

First guilt of partition, now guilt of terrorism: Syed Zubair Ahmad. Jun 11, 2012

Ghalib the terrorist : Kashif-ul-Huda, Apr 12, 2012

Bihar: New pasture for terrorists or intelligence agencies?: Mumtaz Alam Falahi. Dec 11, 2011

TACTILE TERROR, true lies: Manisha Sethi. Oct 13, 2011

Wikileaks has plugged few holes for Indian Muslims: M. Zajam. Dec 23, 2010.

When the terror-accused are from the Sangh Parivar…: TCN news. Aug 30, 2010.

War against terrorism in India pregnant with political motives: Asif Moazzam Jamai. May 13, 2010

State terrorism and Muslim youths: By By Abu Zafar Adil Azmi, Aug 12, 2009

India: Beyond the age of terror: by Kashif-ul-Huda, Dec 3, 2008

Terror is Terror: Sadia Dehlvi. Nov 26, 2008.

Indian Muslims and 'terrorism': Some searching questions: Yogi Sikand. Oct 21, 2008.

The terror messages in email: Kashif-ul-Huda. July 31, 2008

Terrorism - How not to combat it: Ashgar Ali Engineer. July 2, 2008

Deoband's Anti-Terrorism Convention: Some Reflections: March 11, 2008.


MEDIA CRITICISM

When Special Cell is busy catching ‘terrorists’, why bother about two Muslims acquitted of terror charges?: May 5, 2016

Ghatkopar blast paradox: Techie Taj-ul-Islam Siddqui too discharged of all terror charges: Aug 13, 2013

Irresponsible and sensational media coverage glooms over Hyderabad twin bomb blasts: Mohd. Ismail Khan and M. Reyaz. Feb 22, 2013.

Media misinformation in India: Spreading terror when it suits them: Indscribe. Oct 8, 2012

Reporting terror: Fasih’s story: Kashif-ul-Huda. Oct 23, 2012

Terror Trial: Biased media communalizing the society, damaging the nation: June 17, 2012

Madhubani youths: Police deny but media link them with terror: Manzar Bilal. Nov 29, 2011

Terrorism and Muslim: Another instance of media stereotyping: Md. Ali. Jan 9, 2011

Yet another attempt to manufacture Muslim ‘terrorists’: Mahtab Alam. Dec 21, 2010.

Muslim ‘Terrorists’ Manufactured by the Media: Yogi Sikand. Aug 26, 2009.