HYDERABAD: Former Police Constable, Mr. Mohammed Abdul Qadeer passes away on Friday.
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He is survived by his wife and three children.
On December 8, 1990, Abdul Qadeer was arrested on the spot for killing the then Superior Assistant Commissioner of Police N. Sattaiya at Chhatrinaka police station at the peak of communal riots in the old city in which over 200 people died and hundred others injured.
The state government and police gave the former constable the image of ‘Muslim fanatic and a Hindu hater’ before the honorable court.
On December 31, 1992, the court had found the then 29 year old Police Constable Abdul Qadeer guilty and awarded him life imprisonment of killing his senior on-duty from his service weapon.
He said he paid a serious price but at that time he thought it was the best thing to do.
“I was witnessing the injustices of police on the people especially Muslims, higher police officials were encouraging riots and rioters and sometimes they even instigating the riots by burning a property of a particular community and then blaming it on another community. They even gone to the extent of playing the voice recording of screams for help, when local people came out for help they will open fire on them. I was disillusioned by seeing my superiors in those communal acts. That is why I took that drastic step,” he was quoted as saying to a newspaper.
In 2004, after completing 14 years imprisonment, he was released on parole for 1 month for the first time.
He was granted parole in view of his failing health and on many occasions like festival and wedding of his daughter.
Qadeer, a diabetic patient, claims to have underwent police torture even after the conviction.
On 29 March 2016, Abdul Qadeer was finally released after serving 25 years and and 3 months of imprisonment in a Hyderabad jail at Cherlapalli jail, on humanitarian grounds.
The Government of Telangana responded positively to numerous appeals and representations for commuting his life imprisonment.
Telangana government released 251 prisoners from jail in accordance with the decision taken on the occasion of Prisons Day on 26th January 2016. Abdul Qadeer was one of the prisoners.
He thanked the TRS Government for granting him the release.
He meet Mr. Zahid Ali Khan of Siasat Urdu Daily and told that he deserves all praise for the continuous efforts he made for his release. He also thanked Mr. KCR, Mr. Mahmood Ali and Mr. Narasimha Reddy.
During his meeting with Mr. Zahid Ali Khan, he contacted Justice Markandey Katju to thank him. He told that due to the letters written by Justice Katju, his release was materialized.
It may be mentioned that Mr. Zahid Ali Khan wrote letters to Dr. YSR, Dr. K. Roshiya, Mr. N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Mr. KCR in which he had invited their attention that Abdul Qadeer’s one leg has been amputated and to keep him in prison after the completion of life sentence would tantamount to injustice.
Justice Katju had also written to Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy giving legal justification for the release of Abdul Qadeer. Later, Justice Katju also wrote a letter to Mr. KCR demanding his release.