Mumbai, February 11: Six years ago an on February 11, Shahid Azmi, an advocate famously known as a crusader of justice was killed when he was just 32-year-old. Azmi, a young lawyer was known for defending those who had been wrongly accused in terrorism cases. Also Read - Shahid Azmi death anniversary: Remembering the crusader who was silenced 7-years-ago
Azmi who live in Taximen Colony in Mumbai’s Kurla area was gunned down by four men who posed as clients in his office in the colony. Also Read - Hansal Mehta, Rajkummar Rao remember Shahid Azmi on death anniversary
Here are some of the facts about the crusader who gave his life for others. Read Also: (Hansal Mehta, Rajkummar Rao remember Shahid Azmi on death anniversary) Also Read - Pakistan court refuses voice samples of suspects in 26/11 case
– Azmi spent his childhood in a slum in Govandi, Shivajinagar. His father died when he was a child.
– When Azmi was 16, he faced violence from a mob during the 1992 communal clashes. Disheartened by the way Muslims were targeted in Mumbai during post Babri Masjd riots, Azmi left for Kashmir and there he joined a separatist organistaion. However he parted his ways from Kashmiri separatist and returned back to Mumbai.
– In 1994 after Azmi returned his home he was arrested by Delhi police for allegedly ‘conspiring’ to kill India’s top politician. He was tortured by Delhi Police Special Cell in Lodhi Road and was forced to confess. The confession resulted in five years of imprisonment for no crime.
– While serving his trial at Tihar jail Azmi completed his twelfth standard as well as his Bachelor of Arts.
– In 2001 Azmi was released from Tihar jail after which he enrolled himself for journalism and later he completed his law degree from KC College. He then resigned from his sub-editor’s job and joined as a defence lawyer for Majeed Memon where he was working as an intern and paid a stipend of Rs 2,000 per month.
– In 2008, Azmi came into limelight after he file a petition in the High Court alleging that Swati Sathe, jail superintendent had tortured 7/11 Mumbai blasts accused. The court ordered an enquiry into the matter and the allegations made by accused was found true.
– In October 2006, Azmi went to a local court where he was seeking police protection for himself but the court rejected his plea.
– In his brief career of seven years, Azmi secured 17 acquittals in high profile cases including several terror accused cases.
– One of the major case Azmi fought was that of Faheem Ansari, a 26/11 terror accused arrested by the Mumbai Crime Branch. Faheem was arrested for providing logical support to 26/11 terror accused. However when Azmi fought for Faheem, the case was blown out of proportion. Few days after Azmi’s death Faheem was acquitted by the Special Mumbai Court and later by the Supreme Court.
– As most of Shahid’s clients were low profile accused who were falsely arrested on terror charges, he never charged a penny from them not even for fighting a high profile case of Faheem.
– After his death, his brother Khalid Azmi completed his law degree and took ahead his brothers mission himself
– Shahid Azmi fought for several victims and helped them to fight for justice. It is unfortunate that his family still awaits justice.
– In 2013 a biographical film based on Azmi’s life was directed by Hansal Mehta and produced by Anurag Kashyap. The film won two national awards.