On Wednesday, Mirza told his side of the story to the media.
“It was morning and I was still asleep, when a few people walked into our house,” he said. “I woke up when they started hitting me. I was dragged out and four of us were taken away. When they finally produced us before the magistrate, I learnt that I was being charged in a terror case.”
An engineer who specialised in electronics, it was his job as a junior research scientist at the DRDO which had made the investigators wary, Mirza said. “The police told me I had been trained in Pakistan and I joined the DRDO with their guidance.”
But it was the loss of his dream job days before his release that hurts Mirza the most. “Getting into DRDO was not easy, and I had got the research position through hard work,” he said.
“I gave a good education to my children with great hardship,” said Mirza’s father, Abdul Raoof Mirza, 57. “The way Muslim children are framed in fake cases is nothing less than a terror activity designed to alienate the Muslim population.”