Bengaluru: “What is happening to this country? The way Muslim children are being framed in fake cases creating a web of lies, is nothing less than a terror activity, designed to alienate the Muslim population of the country,” Abdul Rauf Mirza, 57-year-old father of DRDO scientist Aijaz Mirza, lashed out on Wednesday.
At a press conference held following the release of Aijaz on Wednesday afternoon, Rauf Mirza spoke about the pain he went through after his son’s arrest. But he had hope that justice would be done. “With great pain and hardship I have given good education to my children. It was not to turn them into terrorists. All these days, the government has asked us questions, now they have to answer how my children were illegally arrested, framed and branded terrorists.”
Aijaz Ahmad Mirza, journalist Muthi-ur- Rehman and others were picked up by the city crime branch on August 29, 2012 on charges of an alleged terror plot.
Narrating his story, Aijaz said, “It was early in the morning and I was still asleep when a few people in plainclothes walked into our house. Even as I was sleeping, they slapped and started hitting me. I was dragged out of the house with my hands tied behind my back. Four of us were taken first to the Palace Ground.”
When Aijaz and his friends demanded an answer, the captors started abusing them. “I asked them what had we done wrong and who they were. Later in the afternoon, they took us to Madiwala and in the night produced us before a magistrate. It was only then that I came to know that I was being charged in a terror case.”
His job with the DRDO made investigators slap serious charges against him. “The police accused me of being trained in Pakistan, and joining the DRDO under the instructions of Pakistanis. I told them, ‘Please check my passport. Please check in the neighbourhood I grew up in. This is a lie.’”
A dejected Aijaz said, “I have worked hard to make a living, and not to become a terrorist.”
The 25-year-old, who has specialised in electronics, is hurt that his “dream job” has been taken away. “Getting into DRDO was not easy. Once I am given a clean chit, I will again approach them,” he said.
The NIA has given a clean chit to Muthi Ur Rehman and Yusuf Nalband, while requesting for more time to collect more evidence. Aijaz’s brother Shoaib Mirza is accused No. 1 in the case and is among the 12 against whom the NIA has filed the chargesheet.