New Delhi, Nov 9: In an embarrassing and shocking admission, the Andhra Pradesh government has conceded that 21 Muslim youth were wrongly detained and tortured for the blast probes at Mecca Masjid, Gokul Chat and Lumbini Park in May and Aug 2007. The State Minorities Commission had come out with a report stating that over 20 Muslim youth were illegally detained and tortured by the police. Each of those youth will now be given a grant of Rs 30,000 while nearly Rs 70,000 would be arranged for them through private cooperatives.
"The youth were arrested wrongly in the Gokul Chat, Lumbini Park and Mecca Masjid blasts on the basis of suspicion but were proven innocent. Now compensation worth Rs 30,00 is being paid to them in the form of autorichshaw..."