I can’t explain the ordeal:Scribe absolved of terror charges

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Bangalore-based journalist Muthi-ur-Rehman Siddiqui
Bangalore, Feb 26: The anguish and plight of his situation was quite palpable on his face when 27-year-old journalist Muthi-ur-Rehman Siddiqui walked free from the jail after being absolved of terror charges in Bangalore, on Monday, Feb 25.

"I thank the Almighty, my family, friends and others who supported me. No one should go through what I underwent. I can't explain the ordeal I have been through. I was projected as the mastermind. Now I have come out clean. I believe in god, the judiciary of this country and I believe my friends too will come out clean," said Siddiqui, who was working with a leading Bangalore-based English newspaper, before his arrest.

Siddiqui was one of the 15 suspects, who were arrested by Bangalore police in August to November 2012 on charges of plotting to execute famous personalities in Karnataka. The young scribe was lodged in Parappana Agrahara Central jail for last six months. He along with Syed Yusuf Nalaband, a Bagalkot-based electrician was freed from jail on Monday.

"My mother was alone when I was in jail. I was worried about her," said an emotional Nalaband.

The duo got relief when National Investigation Agency (NIA) said it did not find any prosecutable evidence against them.

On Monday, a special court of NIA issued a written order on the release of the two men accused of involvement in what the police has termed as "Bangalore terror module case".

The 27-year-old journalist was received by his friends and colleagues, after his release. Those who know Siddiqui say he is a dedicated and serious journalist. Many expressed faith in Siddiqui's integrity as a journalist, who can never indulge in any terror-related activities.

Police has come under scanner for arresting Siddiqui.

"The court order on his release has vindicated us. We thank Allah. We had total faith in Allah that our brother will be released from jail soon," said Zia-ur-Rahman, brother of Muthi.

"Muthi is a true Hindustani, and a good journalist. We could never think that he could do anything that was against the nation", he added.

Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR), a human rights organisation fought for release of Muthi.

Family of the Muthi, which lives in a small house near Bandiwad Base in Hubli say he would continue with his career in journalism.

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