Despite being acquitted of terror charges, Maulana Shabbir of Bhatkal not issued passport

Source: S.O. News Service | By Sajjad Qazi | Published on 19th November 2019, 11:48 AM | Coastal News | Don't Miss |

Bhatkal: Maulana Shabbir Gangavali, who was jailed for a long time on suspected terror charges, has not been able to get a passport as he is not getting the clearance from the police scrutiny phase, despite being acquitted of all the charges in 2017.

Maulana Shabbir was arrested in 2008 from his brother-in-law's house in Pune on the charges of allegedly addressing the controversial speeches in a house on the coast of Jali in Bhatkal, and possessing Arabic literature luring youths to terrorism. It is believed that at the time of his arrest in Pune he was accused of possessing fake currency notes. Then he was later charged with involvement in terror activities. While Maulana was in jail, he was also accused by linking his name with the bomb blasts that happened in Chinnaswami Stadium at Bengaluru.

By the time the case of storing fake notes reached the High Court, the conviction period had already expired. Subsequently, Maulana Shabbir was acquitted by the court in 2017 on all kinds of terror charges. Since then, Maulana has been residing in Bhatkal. However, due to lack of adequate employment opportunities locally, he was looking to explore for jobs abroad. To pursue this further, he had applied for renewal of his passport.  But the process has been held up at the police end.  According to the law, it is necessary to get a verification report from police regarding the applicant.

Maulana Shabbir, while talking to media, said, during the stage of the police inquiry, he had arrived at the police station along with the social workers and had provided all the details with regard to him. It is obvious that the police know that the court has acquitted Maulana Shabbir. Yet, the Bhatkal police have not provided clearance for him, and as a result, he is unable to obtain the new passport.

According to Maulana Shabbir, he is the sole bread earner of his family, and while living in Bhatkal, it has become impossible for him to provide for his family. Due to the hold up on the police end, he has also been deprived of finding opportunities in foreign countries to improve his financial conditions. The situation has made Maulana Shabbir helpless in understanding what to do at this juncture and how to solve this impasse.

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