The fresh verdicts given by the top court of India with regard to the release of one of the accused in Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination case has generated hope among the detainees, who are serving in different jails from decades.
Taking note of his long incarceration, the top court of India has ordered release A G Perarivalan, one among the four accused in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi on May on the night of May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. The Supreme Court had upheld the death sentence of Perarivalan along with three other accused persons. He was behind the bars for the last three decades.
His release by invoking Article 142 after the imprisonment of thirty years has not come as a shock to the people, but has given hopes to a lot of detainees, who are locked up in different jails across the country. Like Perarivalan, there are many other people across different parts of the country, who have been incarcerated for the last several years.
In one such instance, Dr. Qasim Faktoo, also known as Muhammad Qasim, is one among such cases. The incarcerated Chairman Muslim Deeni Mahaz, is behind the bars for 29 years now. He was put behind the bars in February 1993 and slapped with Public Safety Act (PSA) first, and then subsequently awarded a lifer by the Supreme Court in January 2003 on charges of his alleged involvement in the murder of a Pandit activist.
Many people like Faktoo are currently imprisoned in different cases for the past several years and thus the recent verdict by the top court of India has given a hope of release to them.
As the constitution is equal for one and all, the long incarceration of the people including Dr. Faktoo, who is also known through his literature among the readers, should also be taken into the consideration so that the detainees are given one more chance to live their remaining life with peace, family and most importantly freed.