Shahid Azmi’s life (1977-2010) exemplifies one answer to this perennial question. Shahid Azmi completed his law degree while he was logged in Tihar Jail in New Delhi. Through this, I intend to send a strong message to the evil fascist elements that they can’t be a barrier for justice by killing a young lawyer, who stood for justice and upheld constitutional values.” After finishing his law course last year from SDM Law College, Mangalore (Karnataka), Riyas is now practicing in his home district Kasargod. And this does not include the many acquittals that took place after his murder. They entered through the door of his chamber, shot two bullets at his chest, and fled. By Subhash Gatade, It was the mid of 2008 when I first heard about Shahid Azmi. Jamiat Ulema did not help us in his murder trial in spite of the struggles we were facing, says advocate Shahid Azmi's brother Khalid. In April 2009, a Mangalore-based lawyer, Naushad Kashimji, was killed. Singh was with Azmi in the office when bullets were pumped into Shahid’s body. It was a call from his office assistant and court clerk, Inder. [1] In jail, he was encouraged to resume his education, and by the time he was released, he had taken a degree in law. , adding that “I decided to take sweet revenge by becoming a lawyer and to be just like Shahid. In short, for those who conspired to see Azmi dead, he might be long dead and gone. Released in 2013, Shahid is based on the true story of Azmi. He was shot dead by four assailants in his office in Kurla, Mumbai on 11 February 2010 at the age of 32. Shahid Azmi was himself arrested in 1999 and accused of being involved in a plot to kill a prominent Mumbai politicians. (more…) New Delhi, India (CNN)-- Gunmen shot dead a lawyer representing a man accused of helping the Mumbai, India, attackers who killed 164 people in November 2008, an official said Thursday. Fight against prejudice, battle the oppressors, support the underdog.” This quotation could be seen hanging both at his gate and the desk of his office in Mumbai. At the moment Inder Singh, who was the assistant at Shahid’s office in Kurla, is being presented in the court as witness to murder. Jamiat Ulema did not help us in his murder trial in spite of the struggles we were facing, says advocate Shahid Azmi's brother Khalid. Shaheed Shahid Azmi. –Shahid Azmi (1977-2010) This courage to stand up for those accused of crimes which were tried as much in the media as in the courtrooms –and decided as much by the ‘collective conscience’ as by law – defined Shahid’s life, and in the end his death as well. Mumbai: ‘Shahid’ director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao remembered slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi on his death anniversary. Shahid Azmi was himself arrested in 1999 and accused of being involved in a plot to kill a prominent Mumbai politicians. The murder of lawyer Shahid Azmi has brought the legal fraternity together with bar associations across Mumbai planning to discuss the security of lawyers dealing with terror-related and underworld cases. [11] In his brief career of seven years, he secured 17 acquittals in court. Shahid Azmi was shot dead on February 11, 2010 and eight years, and at least 12 court transfers later, the trial of the four men accused of murdering him is yet to begin. Shahid Azmi also represented one of the men accused of involvement in the 2007 Mumbai attacks, who went on to be acquitted shortly after Azmi’s death. Co-incidentally, his name too means the same. He was killed by unidentified assailants in his office on February 11, 2010. And if you have an iota of doubt about this, just count the number of programmes being organised in Delhi, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal among others, to commemorate the eighth anniversary of his murder. “But in spite of all that, it will never be easy for me to see an innocent being sent behind bars or to the gallows only because the crime alleged was a bomb blast.”. [2][12][13], In February 2010, member of the Bharat Nepali gang, Devendra Babu Jagtap alias JD, Pintoo Deoram Dagale, Vinod Yashwant Vichare and Hasmukh Solanki, were arrested by the police under MCOCA. Mumbai: Shahid Azmi, the lawyer who defended 26/11 Indian accused Fahim Ansari, was shot dead in his office on Thursday evening. That it would deter those who’d dare to follow in the footsteps of their dearly loved lawyer – instilling in them the fear of an untimely and abrupt end. Meet Asim Khan, who was a TV journalist when Azmi was killed but now practices in the courts of Mumbai. Singh was with Azmi in the office when bullets were pumped into Shahid’s body. Shahid Azmi also represented one of the men accused of involvement in the 2007 Mumbai attacks, who went on to be acquitted shortly after Azmi’s death. On February 11, 2010, a young Mumbai lawyer, Shahid Azmi, was assassinated in his chamber, by a group of armed men. Mumbai: Shahid Azmi, the lawyer who defended 26/11 Indian accused Fahim Ansari, was shot dead in his office on Thursday evening. He knew Azmi personally. And that is the message that I want to give.”. Advocate Khalid Azmi, Shahid’s younger brother and an intervener in the case, told The Wire that while the case was taking too much time, he was satisfied with the way it was being handled by the public prosecutor. Shahid Azmi also represented one of the men accused of involvement in the 2007 Mumbai attacks, who went on to be acquitted shortly after Azmi’s death. While two of the accused – Vinod Vichare and Pintu Dhagle – have been granted bail, two others – Devendra Jagtap and Hasmukh Solanki – continue to be behind bars. It was a call from his office assistant and court clerk, Inder. [5] The police however did not conduct any forensic of the murder weapons and claimed that the murder was "solved" by the arrest of the accused. They entered through the door of his chamber, shot two bullets at his chest, and fled. [5], On 23 July 2012, the Bombay High Court granted bail to one of the accused, Vinod Vichare, against a personal bond of Rs 50,000 stating he was not "shown to be present" during the assassination. Her son, Shahid Azmi, a Mumbai-based lawyer handling criminal and human rights cases at trial courts as well the High Court, had just returned from work. As a young adult, he was again arrested, this time under Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, for plotting against the state. (April 2009). According to him, out of 108 witnesses, the case is … While two of the accused – Vinod Vichare and Pintu Dhagle – have been granted bail, two others – Devendra Jagtap and Hasmukh Solanki – continue to be behind bars. Though he was taken to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, he was soon declared dead. August 24, 2017 4:28 am. But it was for a very brief time, just for about a month and a half month.”. But, Azmi’s death seems to have worked to achieve the opposite, as eight years into his killing, many Muslims (and I am sure non-Muslims as well) are on their way to fight for justice, or to become a Shahid Azmi in their own right. He did not believe in just whining about what he had to go through, but moving beyond that and working and fighting for those who were going through a similar situation. “Shahid bhai was not just courageous but also competent to fight the cases he decided to take up,” Nadeem, who briefly worked with Azmi and now practices in Mumbai, told, . Many deaths are forgotten, but not Shahid’s. In short, for those who conspired to see Azmi dead, he might be long dead and gone. Though his absence can’t be compensated, we keep his memory alive” “Many deaths are forgotten, but not Shahid’s. "[6] In December 1994, he was arrested under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (now repealed), for an alleged conspiracy to assassinate some politicians and Shiv Sena leader, Bal Thackeray, and given a five-year jail sentence, however in the same year, the Supreme Court acquitted him. He was killed on 11 February 2010 in his office at Taxi Men colony in Kurla, when four gunmen entered his office and shot two bullets, point blank and fled. The trial has just started in the Shahid Azmi’s murder case with the first of the prosecution’s 108 witnesses in the witness box, says advocate Khalid Azmi. This is a huge loss to our society, my family. Like Azmi, Kashimji (with the help of his mentor and senior advocate Purshottam Poojary) had taken up cases for those whose lawyers were not willing to represent them. Shahid (2012) A biopic on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi, Shahid, helmed by Hansal Mehta starred Rajkummar Rao. Nampally: Hyderabadis remembered the zealous advocate of Mumbai, Shahid Azmi, who was assassinated by unidentified men at his office ten years back.Speakers recalled how he … Shahid Azmi (1977 – 11 February 2010) was an Indian lawyer best known for defending cases of persons accused of terrorism. It was also a life which was tragically cut short, when Shahid Azmi was assassinated at the age of thirty three. Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, "Film remembers Indian lawyer Shahid Azmi as symbol of hope", "26/11 accused Fahim Ansari's lawyer Shahid Azmi shot dead", "A Grain in My Empty Bowl: A crusader for justice is silenced. Speed News Desk And those who defied these unconstitutional resolutions were beaten up by their fellow lawyers, as was reported in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra, to name a few states. [1] Furthermore, several petitions filed by Azmi were combined into a single case for dramatic effect in the film. Many of the cases were fought pro bono in consultation with NGOs, like Jamat-e-Ulema-e-Hind. 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[7], It was while he was defending Faheem Ansari in the 26/11 attacks case that he was killed. Shahid Azmi’s life (1977-2010) exemplifies one answer to this perennial question. It is worth recalling that Azmi and Kashimji worked in an environment when their own legal fraternity was against them. Yadav also remembers meeting a young Muslim woman lawyer in Amroha, a small town in western Uttar Pradesh, who like Azmi, wants to fight for justice. And death, ironically, came exactly the way he had predicted — while sitting in the same chair where he often laughed off his premonition. It was also a life which was tragically cut short, when Shahid Azmi was assassinated at the age of thirty three. Eight years after Mumbai-based lawyer Shahid Azmi was shot dead, many Muslim youth are following in his footsteps and fighting for justice for the terror accused. Death-Shahid Azmi was killed on 11 February 2010 in his office at Taxi Men colony in Kurla, when four gunmen entered his office and shot two bullets, point blank and fled. They have planned a meeting where they will raise the issue and condemn the murder. Shahid was declared dead after being taken to the Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar. Azmi was born and brought up in the Deonar suburb of Mumbai, in a Muslim family with origins in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh. [1] Gujarat Files, a 2016 book by Rana Ayyub is dedicated to Shahid Azmi along with advocate and activist Mukul Sinha. Shahid Azmi was famous for taking cases of terror accused or people arrested under TADA act. Let off lightly as a juvenile, and due to lack of any proper evidence against him. According to Rajeev Yadav, a journalist turned human rights activist who works with the Rihai Manch, a forum to campaign for the release of innocent youth accused in terror cases, “Shahid ’s life and work kindled a new kind of spirit amongst Muslims, especially young men and women.”. He was killed by unidentified assailants in his office on February 11, 2010. But for dozens of Muslim youth across the country. Shahid is a 2013 Indian Hindi-language biographical drama film directed by Hansal Mehta.Jointly produced by Anurag Kashyap, UTV Spotboy and Sunil Bohra, it is based on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi, who was assassinated in 2010.The film stars Rajkummar Rao in the titular role; Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Prabhleen Sandhu and Baljinder Kaur appear in supporting roles. There were the likes of Fahim Ansari, incarcerated on charges of drawing maps for the 26/11 terror attacks. “While I was studying law in Malegaon, it was my dream to work with him, which I eventually did. Mumbai: ‘Shahid’ director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao remembered slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi on his death anniversary. He says there are several others in his home town who want to practice law like Azmi. In all, he spent seven years at Tihar Jail, Delhi. Azmi’s life, well reported and also depicted in Hansal Mehta’s film Shahid, was full of twists and turns with some contentious events. [9], He was killed on 11 February 2010 in his office at Taxi Men colony in Kurla, when four gunmen entered his office and shot two bullets, point blank and fled. “I was a boy with an ambition to become a pilot and, therefore, chose to study science after my 10th standard, only to join a flying academy later on.” But then, on the first anniversary of Azmi’s murder, he read an article about his life and work and immediately decided to become a lawyer. That’s because he knew what he was doing and why. But for dozens of Muslim youth across the country, Shahid abhi bhi zinda hai (Shahid is still alive). Nampally: Hyderabadis remembered the zealous advocate of Mumbai, Shahid Azmi, who was assassinated by unidentified men at his office ten years back.Speakers recalled how he … MUMBAI: The murder of defence lawyer Shahid Azmi has shocked the legal community not just in Mumbai, but across the country. [2][3], Shahid Azmi was the nephew of Abu Asim Azmi, a Samajwadi Party politician and Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly from the Govandi constituency in Mumbai.[2]. Through this, I intend to send a strong message to the evil fascist elements that they can’t be a barrier for justice by killing a young lawyer, who stood for justice and upheld constitutional values.” After finishing his law course last year from SDM Law College, Mangalore (Karnataka), Riyas is now practicing in his home district Kasargod. While Shahid changed and put his lawyer’s uniform to rest for the day, Rehana started preparing tea for him. He was killed by unidentified assailants in his office on February 11, 2010. IT HAS been seven years since advocate Shahid Azmi was shot dead in his office at Taximen’s colony in Kurla on February 11, 2010. It was a life which took to the legal profession with the objective of using law as a shield and tool in the quest for justice. Speaking to The Wire, Yadav says that he has by now met dozens of youth who wish to become like Azmi and carry on his legacy by doing something similar to what he was doing. Remembering Shahid Azmi, a patron of justice and a victim of intolerance . “What is striking about these young men and women is that they don’t want to become just any other lawyer. Rajkummar essayed the role of Azmi in the film and won the best actor National award. And death, ironically, came exactly the way he had predicted — while sitting in the same chair where he often laughed off his premonition. This is a huge loss to our society, my family. Category News & Politics After Kashimji’s murder, his wife advocate Nusrath Fatima joined Poojary as one of his six juniors. His answer to his feelings towards the victims of the blasts ably illustrates what he had lived and died for. This enraged me and I joined the resistance. “Shahid bhai was not just courageous but also competent to fight the cases he decided to take up,” Nadeem, who briefly worked with Azmi and now practices in Mumbai, told The Wire. I have witnessed cold-blooded murders. Produced by Anurag Kashyap, Sunil Bohra and UTV, 'Shahid' tells the story of Azmi's "death and life in that order". A biographical Hindi film based on his life titled, Shahid (2013) starring Rajkummar Rao, was directed by Hansal Mehta and produced by Anurag Kashyap. Though he was taken to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, he was soon declared dead. Mumbai: Shahid director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao remembered slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi on his death anniversary. Though his absence can’t be compensated, we keep his memory alive. The death of Shahid Azmi in the evening of February 11, 2010 is in a series of lawyers thrashed, shot at, injured or killed across the country in the aftermath of bomb blasts. [11], Azmi then had represented the accused in the 7/11 Mumbai local train blasts, the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul, the 2006 Malegaon blasts case. His Case- Shahid’s journey has inspired many. They all want to be like him (Azmi),” he points out. [8] His first major success as a defence lawyer came in the 2002 Ghatkopar bus bombing case, when Arif Paanwala, who was arrested under Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) and was named the prime accused, was acquitted along with eight others, due to lack of evidence, by the court; this eventually led to the law being repealed. At the Jamiat Ulema Hind Maharashtra Legal Cell, a group engaged in providing legal help to the terror accused, Nadeem plays the same role for the organisation that Azmi previously played for it, and through which Nadeem came in touch with him. The cases handled by him were almost exclusively of defending cases for those accused of terrorism. February 11, 2012. Remembering Shahid on his death anniversary his brother, Khalid Azmi says, “The loss is irreparable. [12], Couple of months later, in June 2010, Inder Singh, who was Azmi's peon at the time and the lone eyewitness of the assassination, lodged a complaint alleging receiving a threatening call, which was later traced to Gujarat. By teaching me what pain and humiliation were all about, he awakened my heart to mercy. Azmi’s life, well reported and also depicted in Hansal Mehta’s film Shahid, was full of twists and turns with some contentious events. Nine years after his death his case is still being heard across courts in Mumbai. 591 likes. [16], In a 2007 interview with Rediff News Correspondent Sheela Bhatt, Azmi accused the police of staging an encounter at Antop Hill where a Pakistani was killed, because, that area was isolated and "terrorists always hide in places where you find a lot of other people". Azmi’s was not an ordinary fight, and despite all the hurdles and lack of resources that he faced, he did things for people that would take a lifetime for others to achieve. Shahid Azmi, the lawyer for Faheem Ansari, accused of helping the Lashkar-e-Taiba in the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, has been killed. [4] One of his brothers, Khalid Azmi, is also an advocate in Mumbai. [8][18] He spent seven years in Delhi's Tihar Jail. Among the cases Azmi was representing as a defence lawyer was the 26/11 terror attack. [2][8] Though the High Court had rejected his application challenging the use of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in these alleged terrorism cases and asked for stay, in February 2008, the Supreme Court of India stayed the three trials. While gunning down Mumbai-based lawyer Shahid Azmi on February 11, 2010, his killers must have thought that this act would strike terror within the Muslim community, especially amongst its … Though he was taken to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, he was soon declared dead. While Shahid changed and put his lawyer’s uniform to rest for the day, Rehana started preparing tea for him. The trial of Azmi’s murder is, however, yet to begin. Remembering Adv Shahid Azmi, journalist Nikhil Dixit, who knew him from his journalism school days, says in a story in DNA: Shahid Azmi often joked that he would be felled by bullets. It was a life which took to the legal profession with the objective of using law as a shield and tool in the quest for justice. [7][8][9], It was during his stay at Tihar Jail, that he started his college education, first graduation followed by a postgraduate course in creative writing; once he was acquitted of the charges, he went to study for a law degree (LLM) in Mumbai. [5] Shahid Azmi was married to Maryam of an affluent Assamese descendant whom he later divorced. “I know that it is almost impossible to fill the void that was created by his murder. “I am pained, the heart bleeds when I hear what they have endured,” he had said. “Shahid” director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao remembered slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi on his Death Anniversary.. Starring Rajkummar Rao as lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi in a National Award-winning role, the film traces Azmi's story from his days as a young boy who is arrested and tortured, to his becoming a lawyer and defending Faheem … Apart from studying law, she is assisting Mohammed Shoaib, who is one of the few lawyers in the state fighting cases of the terror-accused for a couple of years now. Azmi was accused of crime at a young age; in 1992, aged 15, he was arrested for violence during the 1992 Bombay riots. You can kill a person but not the idea that he believed in and practiced. His mobile rang. Advocate Khalid Azmi, Shahid’s younger brother and an intervener in the case, told The Wire that while the case was taking too much time, he was satisfied with the way it was being handled by the public prosecutor. He cites the example of a young girl named Firdaus Siddiqui, a madrasa graduate who is currently a law student. It is not a surprise that among the guiding principles of his life were the following words by Roy Black, a New York-based civil and criminal defence lawyer “By showing me injustice, he taught me to love justice. He was beaten up in the Lucknow court premises by fellow lawyers in 2007, for defying the diktat of the bar association. But it was for a very brief time, just for about a month and a half month.”. From his personal experience, Azmi knew what it meant to be a terror accused. According to him, out of 108 witnesses, the case is … Shahid Azmi … Since he was a juvenile, he was let off leniently and did not serve time in jail. In the movie, there is a sequence where Shahid defends Faheem Ansari who is accused of perpetrating the 26/11 attacks. Actually not . Shahid Azmi was a famous lawyer known for defending innocent Muslim guys who were in jail because of false crime. The film has a scene in which Mr Azmi's face is blackened by assailants outside the court room. Underworld Don Took his assassination job and … When asked as to why Intelligence Bureau would indulge in such acts against national interests, he said it was to stereotype Muslims and lobby for stringent laws[17]. Produced by Anurag Kashyap, Sunil Bohra and UTV, 'Shahid' tells the story of Azmi's "death and life in that order". Eight years since that fateful day when Advocate Shahid Azmi, fondly remembered as Shahid was killed on February 11, 2010, but it is as if he never died. MUMBAI: The murder of defence lawyer Shahid Azmi has shocked the legal community not just in Mumbai, but across the country. In the acquittal, the Judge blasted the Mumbai police for the case it made against him and Sabauddin Shaikh. “While I was studying law in Malegaon, it was my dream to work with him, which I eventually did. Released in 2013, ‘Shahid’ is based on the true story of Azmi. While two of the accused - Vinod Vichare and Pintu Dhagle – have been granted bail, two others - Devendra Jagtap and Hasmukh Solanki - continue to be behind bars. Remembering Shahid on his death anniversary his brother, Khalid Azmi says, “The loss is irreparable. On 3 May 2010, Ansari and the co-accused Sabauddin Shaikh were acquitted of any complicity in the attacks. Before his murder Azmi had secured the acquittal of more than a dozen youth languishing in jail on false charges, and was representing another 50 accused under the various terror laws. The 48th Episode of Dastaan Contains Real Life Murder Story of Advocate Shahid Azmi. Khan is absolutely right in saying that it’s difficult to match Azmi’s calibre and courage, as in a brief career of only seven years, he secured the acquittal of 17 men charged with terrorism. The film had its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival's 'City to City' programme in September 2013 and is released on 18 October 2013 in India. By Arvind Narrain and Saumya Uma Progressive lawyers, social activists and academics have invested much time in trying to puzzle out what is the progressive potential of law. While gunning down Mumbai-based lawyer Shahid Azmi on February 11, 2010, his killers must have thought that this act would strike terror within the Muslim community, especially amongst its youth. Azmi is the third lawyer killed in Mumbai. Mumbai, February 11: Seven years ago on February 11, a low-profile 32-year-old advocate Shahid Azmi was killed at his office in Kurla’s Taximen colony in Mumbai. Responding to the petition, the court ordered an inquiry in the case, and the allegations were found to be true. “Shahid bhai’s murder changed my life” he recalls. The trial has just started in the Shahid Azmi’s murder case with the first of the prosecution’s 108 witnesses in the witness box, says advocate Khalid Azmi. In 2003, he began practising as a criminal defense lawyer in Mumbai, where his uncle, Abu Azmi, was a prominent politician. Shahid is a 2013 Indian Hindi-language biographical drama film directed by Hansal Mehta.Jointly produced by Anurag Kashyap, UTV Spotboy and Sunil Bohra, it is based on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi, who was assassinated in 2010.The film stars Rajkummar Rao in the titular role; Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Prabhleen Sandhu and Baljinder Kaur appear in supporting roles. “Shahid, Muhammed Riyas, from Kerala’s Kasargod district, remembers Azmi as someone who was “unapologetic and courageous”, though he never met him personally. The death of Shahid Azmi in the evening of February 11, 2010 is in a series of lawyers thrashed, shot at, injured or killed across the country in the aftermath of bomb … “That was the turning point of my life,” he told The Wire, adding that “I decided to take sweet revenge by becoming a lawyer and to be just like Shahid. Shahid means the one who is immortal. Shahid, who has represented accused in terror cases including the July 11, 2011 serial train blasts and who was instrumental in the acquittal of two men in the 26/11 terror attack, was shot dead in his office at Taximen’s colony in Kurla on February 11, 2010. And if you have an iota of doubt about this, just count the number of programmes being organised in Delhi, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal among others, to commemorate the eighth anniversary of his murder. On 3 May 2010, Ansari and the co-accused Sabauddin Shaikh were acquitted of any complicity in the attacks. 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