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Jail Diary

Beatings for breakfast, torture for lunch. That was how the five days of isolation went for Dr. Kafeel Khan after arrest. Then came the extended nightmare: six months in the barracks.

Jail Diary Illustration by Saahil

Their Stick, My Behind

When Uttar Pradesh Police’s Special Task Force (STF) arrested me at Mumbai airport on January 29, I had no clue why. I didn’t know that an FIR was lodged against me in Aligarh. Police never informed me. I had addressed a gathering of 600 students to educate them about the government’s initiative to introduce the National Register of Citizens. I was charged with inciting communal violence. They kept quiet for 46 days and all of a sudden, the STF landed at the airport. My torture started the moment I was arrested. I thought they would kill me in a fake encounter.

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