A former DRDO junior research fellow Ejaz Ahmed Mirza who the police said was part of the "Bangalore terror module" was released on Tuesday night. The court on February 28 had ordered his release upon furnishing of two sureties for Rs. 25,000 each and directed Mirza to surrender his passport.
"Ejaz Ahmed Mirza, who was working in DRDO as scientist was released from Parapana Agrahara Central Prison here around 9 pm," his advocate Mohammed Sultan Beary said.
"I remember every single day I spent inside the jail. I will never forget these six months and cannot describe the treatment meted to us by the police," said an emotional Aijaz Ahmad Mirza.
Mirza said he was grateful to God and expressed confidence in the judiciary. "Mujhe vishwas hain ki Allah aur merey watan ki adaalat doodh kaa doodh aur paani kaa paani karegi aur Inshah Allah aur bhi merey saathiya 'gunah' se barkaraar ho jaiyenge," he said.
His elder brother, Shoaib, an MCA student, has also been accused in the same case. However Mirza is confident that his brother Shoaib will also come out clean. "He is also innocent and he will come out clean," he was quoted saying.
Mirza has lost his job with the Defence Research and Development Organisation. The Organisation terminated him from the junior research fellow position. "My parents gave me good education and it was my lifelong dream to be scientist. I am really sad that it happened. I am innocent," rued Mirza.
The family is demanding compensation for the trauma that Mirza has been through. Abdul Rauf Mirza, his father, a mechanic with the Railways in Hubli said that all the suspects who were arrested should be released and given compensation. "Their whole life has been scarred. They should be given compensation if they come out clean, much like how Australia gave compensation to Dr. Mohammad Haneef who was wrongly accused in the Glasgow bombing in 2007," he said.