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Mumbai based ‘social media platform’ raises 23 lakh for Kashmiri man jailed for 23 years

Mumbai based ‘social media platform’ raises 23 lakh for Kashmiri man jailed for 23 years
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‘23 years, 23 lakh and 23 hours, a story of Kashmiri man’

Irfan Yattoo

Srinagar, May 30: Mumbai based ‘social media platform’ has raised 23 lakh rupees for a Kashmiri man jailed for 23 years who was convicted in the Lajpat Nagar blast case and was released last year.

On Saturday, a Mumbai based ‘social media platform ‘Humans of Bombay’ announced that they have raised 23 lakh rupees for the Kashmiri man who spent 23 years in jails without even committing a crime.

“We raised 23 LACS for the 23 years that Ali Bhai spent in jail for a crime he did not commit–all within less than 14 hours,” reads the post from the Humans of Bombay.

As per the page, which is run by two females from the Mumbai city narrated the same to the Bhat in a video conference Bhat was seen crying.

Bhat was acquitted along with two other residents of Srinagar including Lateef Ahmad Waza, Mirza Nisar Hussain, and was first acquitted by the Delhi High Court and then Jaipur High Court in the cases related to dumping of arms and ammunition in the Lajpat Nagar bomb blast case.

“I can start my own business Inshallah. I need your prayers. You are my sisters and helped me. I don’t know how I can express my words to all those who helped me,” he said.

“Inshallah, It should happen that if tomorrow, I will have money I will also spend and donate for those who are urgent need,” Bhat said.

Earlier on Friday, Mumbai based ‘social media platform ‘Humans of Bombay’ posted a series of posts on its Facebook and Instagram pages regarding the struggles of Ali Muhammad Bhat, a resident of Srinagar who spent 23 years in prison.

Bhat was convicted in the Lajpat Nagar blast case and was acquitted by the Rajasthan High Court and was now struggling due to financial constraints as his case was still ongoing.

In one of its posts, Bhat can be seen visiting his father’s grave, soon after he was released in July 2019 last year after spending 23 years without committing any crime.

“It’s been 9 months, but when I look in the mirror, I see a stranger in an unknown world. I’m a 49-year-old man– the past 23 years stole my youth, my parents, and the life that could have been. I came out of jail with no apology or compensation and the case is still ongoing,” reads the post by ‘‘Humans of Bombay’.

The social media platform urged people to contribute and donate for the Bhat who spent 23 years in jail, for a crime he didn’t commit.

“Nothing can bring back those years, but together we can give him a better future,” reads the post.

Bhat, son of Sher Ali Bhat, a resident of Hassanabad, Rainawari area of Srinagar, lost both parents while he was in prison.

“He was arrested in 1996 and was lodged in Tihar till 2014 and then shifted to Jaipur jail where they were lodged till July 24, 2019.”

Bhat was acquitted along with two other residents of Srinagar including Lateef Ahmad Waza, Mirza Nisar Hussain, and was first acquitted by the Delhi High Court and then Jaipur High Court in the cases related to dumping of arms and ammunition in the Lajpat Nagar bomb blast case. They were arrested in 1996 and served imprisonment in Rajasthan and Tihar jails for 23 years.

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