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DRDO job made me terror suspect, says Aizaz Mirza

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bangalore, March 06, 2013
First Published: 23:47 IST(6/3/2013) | Last Updated: 01:40 IST(7/3/2013)

Former employee of Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) Aizaz Ahmed Mirza, who had been arrested on terror charges and was released on bail on Tuesday, claimed he was innocent and had worked hard to get the job.

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Mirza, 26, had been arrested along with journalist Muthi Ur Rehman and two others In August 2012, on charges of plotting a terror attack. His brother Shoaib Mirza is the prime accused in the case.

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.”


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