Lucknow: In prison, Izhar had twenty minutes each month to make phone calls. The calls were awaited eagerly, for reasons beyond the obvious. The men of his family were away in Saudi Arabia, and the women, like in any North Indian family, couldn’t travel alone to visit Izhar in Ahmedabad prison, where he had been stuck for four years. His phone calls were the only way to learn his whereabouts.
When asked if religion has anything to do with Izhar’s case, Tanweer replied, “Please don’t make it an issue of mazhab at all. Izhar was loved by all. But I just have one thing to say. Every single non-Muslim friend of his attended his funeral, but not a single one of his Muslim friends came. This is what a false accusation can do to a community.”
Published by TheWire.in on May 14, 2015