Ibrahim Ali Junaid spent five harrowing months in jail after being arrested by the Andhra Pradesh police as a suspect in the Mecca Masjid blasts of May 18, 2007, and the twin explosions of August 25 at Gokul Chaat Centre and Lumbini Park that shook Hyderabad. The 26-year-old Unani practitioner, then a student, was picked up on September 3, tortured in illegal custody and produced before a magistrate five days later. He was acquitted in the case by the sessions court on December 30, 2008. Following this Junaid has filed a petition claiming a Rs 20-lakh compensation. Here he recounts his trauma:
t was September 3, 2007. I, along with other students of Government Nizamia College and General Hospital, were returning from New Delhi after a study tour. After detraining at Secunderabad railway station, we proceeded to the college hostel in Yakutpura, old Hyderabad, by local train. Once there, I called my brother to tell him I had reached. But no sooner had I come out of the PCO than four cops in mufti grabbed and...