‘Freed photojournalist Kamran expected home today’
By KHALID GUL
PULWAMA: Photojournalist Kamran Yousuf, released on bail from a Delhi jail after his arrest by NIA last September on charges of stone pelting, is expected in his Pulwama home on Friday.
On Tuesday a special court in Delhi granted bail to Yousuf after ruling that there was no evidence to suggest his involvement in subversive acts.
He was subsequently released from jail on Wednesday. Kamran was in custody since September 5, 2017, after the NIA said he was in “regular touch with anti-national elements” and that his work as a photojournalist was a “front to cover up his actual subversive activities.”
The bail came after more than 18 court hearings.Kamran, accompanied by his maternal uncle Irshad Ahmad in Delhi, is expected to reach home Friday.
“We had to complete the paper work. We will be returning on Friday,” Irshad told Greater Kashmir.
He said that they were thankful to all who supported Kamran in tough times.
“I particularly express my gratitude to his lawyers and also to his colleagues in media who stood by him in tough times,” Irshad said.
Back home, his mother Rubeena Begum is eagerly waiting for her son’s return.
“I talked to Kamran on phone yesterday evening and then couldn’t sleep whole night. It has been a long wait,” she said.
”We always maintained that he is innocent,” Rubeena said.
Begum, who is separated from her husband, lives with Yousuf in a small house at Tahab village of Pulwama district.
”My brother bore all the expenses in Kamran’s case even as his counsels were generous enough and did not charge anything,”’ she said.
Recounting the last six months of Kamran’s detention, Rubeena said it was painful. “Since his arrest I have died every moment. However, I thank God that my son is finally free now and expect this is to be the end of all our troubles.”
The friends and neighbours of Kamran are also jubilant about his return.