44-year-old Bashir Ahmed Baba, a resident of Rainawari in Srinagar, has returned home after being in jail in Gujarat for 11 years. Bashir regrets that he could not see his father at the last moment.
After graduating in Urdu from IGNOU, Bashir worked with an NGO – Maya Foundation in Srinagar – could also operate computers and was fast at other tasks. Therefore, for higher training, the Foundation decided to send Bashir to Gujarat in 2010.
Gujarat ATS caught Bashir
On 17 February 2010, Bashir left home towards Ahmedabad in Gujarat, where he had to first take training in a computer center and then learn to work for 1-2 months in another foundation office. But within a week of his arrival in Ahmedabad, he was caught by the Gujarat ATS.
Another person was also arrested along with Bashir but he was released by the police and Bashir was interrogated for several days. But during this time Bashir did not know what his crime was and why he was arrested.
said Bashir. "Earlier I didn’t even know why I was caught. But when I was taken for judicial remand, I came to know that ATS was calling me Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist and also accused me of recruiting for the same organization in Gujarat."
I knew from day one that I was innocent – Bashir
Bashir’s father died in 2017 and even at the last moment, Bashir could not see his father’s face, which is very sad for him.
Bashir now wants to start a new life and it was already written that but even in 11 years in jail, he spent his time and studies. "I BA And also did two MAs. Apart from this, many diploma and PG-diploma works were also done. All the degrees were completed and along with it came the release.
I was confident of my innocence- Bashir
According to Bashir’s mother, after her arrest, she went to all political leaders. Went to the police. The police also spoke about his innocence to the Gujarat Police – but still he was not released. Now we entrusted everything to Allah because we believed in our child that he was innocent.
"You can see how weak my mother has become and my father left me in 2017. But I was confident of my innocence and perhaps this trial was written in my luck. But I was able to successfully prove myself true in this.
But perhaps the question will always remain – who will spend the 11 precious years of Bashir’s life?