Mufti Abdul Qayyum Mansuri is a name that will be remembered for a long time. He is the man who was wrongly branded as a terrorist and awarded a death sentence for partaking in the Akshardham Temple attack in 2002. Only that he did not.
Mansuri spent 11 years behind bars before he was acquitted by the Supreme Court in 2014. While speaking to The Indian Express, Mansuri said how he still believes India to be a better place for Muslims to live in – better than any Islamic country, including Pakistan.
While attending a function organized by a private trust, he said, “No Muslim is feeling ashamed of living in India.” The trust known as the Sarvoday Youth Welfare Society dedicated a diary to him.
While reminiscing about the days he spent in jail, Mansuri said, “When a prisoner is freed from jail, his past always haunt him. It was more of Hindu friends and lawyers who defended and supported me more than the Muslims,” he said.
Mansuri has penned a spine-chilling narrative called 11 Years Behind the Bars, where he recounts how security agencies bend the laws of the land to suit their interests. He writes how he was offered a choice to choose from among three terror attack cases, so that he could be implicated as a terrorist. These cases included the Godhra train burning, Akshardham Temple attack, and Haren Pandya murder.
Living in prison for over a decade changed Mansuri as a human – he has no family left to call his own – yet his firm belief in the country shows how he is a much better human being than many out there framing innocents.
News – India Times