‘Offer jobs to terror acquits’

June 28, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:46 am IST - NEW DELHI:

The plight of youths who were implicated in false terror cases and acquitted after years of incarceration was highlighted in the Delhi Assembly on Friday. A call to provide government jobs for these youths, whose lives and careers were impacted thereof, was made.

Raising the issue through special mention, Aam Aadmi Pary MLA from Okhla, Amanatullah Khan, said there were a large number of cases in his constituency where the police had reportedly picked up innocent youths and slapped terror cases on them. Many of them were later acquitted by courts after protracted trials that lasted several years.

“I would request the Delhi government to provide government jobs to such people as they spend 20 to 25 years in jail. Their families are shattered and their lives are destroyed,” said Mr. Khan. He also demanded that the police officers who implicate youths in false cases should be held responsible.

Mr. Khan made a reference to the controversial Batla House encounter of 2008, when a team of the Delhi Police killed two youths in a raid conducted on their flat.

The police had claimed that the youths were involved in the September 13, 2008, serial blasts in the Capital.

The AAP MLA also cited the case of a youth who was arrested on February 20, 1998, and acquitted of all charges after 14 years in 2012. “He met me two days ago and told me that his father had died and his mother suffered brain damage when he was in jail. Such people deserve government jobs.”

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