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Absolved of terror charges, Deccan Herald journalist walks free

Tuesday February 26, 2013 02:07:53 PM, Agencies

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Bangalore: After a six-month ordeal of being branded terrorists and charged with waging a war against the state, two of the fifteen arrested suspects, Muthi-ur-Rahman Siddiqui, a journalist who was working with Deccan Herald, and Syed Yusuf Nalaband walked to freedom late Monday night.

The Special Court of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday issued a detailed written order on the release of the two accused of involvement in the Bangalore terror module case, according to

The NIA had earlier dropped all the charges against the two saying it had found no prosecutable evidence against them.

Justice Somnath R Sindhagi issued detailed written orders regarding the release of the Siddiqui and Nalaband by 5:15 pm on Monday.


However, by the time the orders reached Parappana Agrahara Central Prisons, it was 7 pm.


After waiting for three hours, Siddiqui and Nalaband were released by 10 pm, greeted by the media, activists and journalists, the coastaldigest reported Tuesday.

An emotional Siddiqui termed his experience a terrible ordeal and said it should not happen to anybody ever again.


He said that if he, who had been branded the mastermind of the terror conspiracy, was acquitted honourably, he hoped that all the other friends arrested along with him would also walk free one day.

“I hope nobody goes through what I did. Only I know the pain I went through,” Siddiqui told media persons as he was surrounded by a jubilant group comprising his colleagues from the daily as well as journalists from other newspapers who had shared the beat with him.

He said he had confidence in the judiciary and thanked the Almighty, those who stood by him during the difficult time and the activists of the Association for Protection of Civil Rights, who fought his case from Day One.

Nalaband also said he was greatly relieved after his release from the prison.


Karnataka Police had in August 2012 arrested nine people, along with Muthi-ur-Rahman Siddiqui who was working with Deccan Herald as journalist, for alleged links with terrorist outfits.


The families of the accused had expressed shock and disbelief over their arrests on charges of links with banned terror outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islam (Huji) and plotting terror attacks in the state.


Attawur Rehman, brother of Muthi-ur-Rahman Siddiqui, after his arrest had said, "After the death of our parents five-six years ago, Muthi-ur Rehman came to Bangalore to do post-graduate diploma in journalism and joined the English daily (Deccan Herald) as a reporter. We just can't believe that he could be involved in such activities as he lives simply and works hard to make both ends meet."




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