3 Kashmiri men found innocent after 23 years in captivity

Three Kashmiri youths, Mohammad Ali Bhat, Lateef Ahmad Waza and Mirza Nissar Hussain, arrested in 1996 in prime of their youths as “terrorists” but finally acquitted as “innocents” after 23 years of incarceration have been left coming to the terms of their lives here.

First arrested by the Delhi police from Nepal for their alleged roles in the 1996 bomb blast in the Lajpat Nagar market and then charged by the Rajasthan police with “bombing” of a state roadways bus at Samleti in Dausa a day later, the three have returned home after a Jaipur bench of the Rajasthan High Court finally acquitted them early this week.

Ironically, the three had been acquitted in the Lajpat Nagar bomb blast case by the Delhi High Court way back in November 2012, but had to stay put in the jail, awaiting the outcome of their appeals from the Rajasthan High Court since 2014.

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