In 2001, Gulzar was picked up by Special Cell of the police in Delhi and named as an accused in the blast case. He was doing his PhD from Aligarh Muslim University at the time of his arrest.
He gets nostalgic looking at his certificates of a time when he was fully devoted to studies. Gulzar said he was punished for a crime he never committed.
"I was arrested in 2001 by showing a fake arms recovery in Delhi and put in illegal custody for 10 days. Then cases were registered from different states like Maharashtra and UP on the basis of a warrant," said Gulzar Ahmad.
"After he was arrested, his sisters got married. Marriages are occasions to celebrate, but those used to be nothing more than occasions of sorrow for us," said Ghulam Mohammad Wani, Gulzar's father.
It is a homecoming of sorts for Gulzar Ahmad. The family has suffered a lot, but now there is now hope that the bad times are just over and he will start a new life.
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