Azmi is the third lawyer killed in Mumbai. But for dozens of Muslim youth across the country. A biographical Hindi film based on his life titled, Shahid (2013) starring Rajkummar Rao, was directed by Hansal Mehta and produced by Anurag Kashyap. Vichare had already spent two years in jail, ever since he was held for the possession of one of the four revolvers given to Bharat Nepali. 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. 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. I have witnessed cold-blooded murders. “While I was studying law in Malegaon, it was my dream to work with him, which I eventually did. 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. They all want to be like him (Azmi),” he points out. 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.”. Produced by Anurag Kashyap, Sunil Bohra and UTV, 'Shahid' tells the story of Azmi's "death and life in that order". 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. 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. 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. Mumbai: Shahid director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao remembered slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi on his death anniversary. In the movie, there is a sequence where Shahid defends Faheem Ansari who is accused of perpetrating the 26/11 attacks. He knew Azmi personally. Rajkummar essayed the role of Azmi in the film and won the best actor National award. [11] In July 2008, Azmi filed a petition in the High Court alleging that the accused in the 7/11 Mumbai blasts, then lodged in the Arthur Road Jail, were being tortured. While Shahid changed and put his lawyer’s uniform to rest for the day, Rehana started preparing tea for him. “Shahid, Muhammed Riyas, from Kerala’s Kasargod district, remembers Azmi as someone who was “unapologetic and courageous”, though he never met him personally. [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". Justice was the key word in his life. Though his absence can’t be compensated, we keep his memory alive” “Many deaths are forgotten, but not Shahid’s. 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. 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. 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. 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’s journey has inspired many. 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]. Shahid Azmi … 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. 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. MUMBAI: The murder of defence lawyer Shahid Azmi has shocked the legal community not just in Mumbai, but across the country. 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. But for dozens of Muslim youth across the country, Shahid abhi bhi zinda hai (Shahid is still alive). But it was for a very brief time, just for about a month and a half month.”. Category News & Politics As a young adult, he was again arrested, this time under Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, for plotting against the state. Meet Asim Khan, who was a TV journalist when Azmi was killed but now practices in the courts of Mumbai. Shahid (Azmi) Lives, Shaheeds Never Die. Speed News Desk In the movie, there is a sequence where Shahid defends Faheem Ansari who is accused of perpetrating the 26/11 attacks. 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. The cases handled by him were almost exclusively of defending cases for those accused of terrorism. [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. He says there are several others in his home town who want to practice law like Azmi. 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 … “Shahid” director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao remembered slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi on his Death Anniversary.. Though he was taken to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, he was soon declared dead. Azmi was not the first Muslim lawyer to have been killed. In short, for those who conspired to see Azmi dead, he might be long dead and gone. [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. Released in 2013, “Shahid” is based on the true story of Azmi.He was killed by unidentified assailants in his office on February 11, 2010. It is worth recalling that Azmi and Kashimji worked in an environment when their own legal fraternity was against them. "[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. It was also a life which was tragically cut short, when Shahid Azmi was assassinated at the age of thirty three. 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. February 11, 2012. The 48th Episode of Dastaan Contains Real Life Murder Story of Advocate Shahid Azmi. In the acquittal, the Judge blasted the Mumbai police for the case it made against him and Sabauddin Shaikh. [17] He further accused the Intelligence Bureau of perpetrating the 2006 Mumbai train bombings, which are otherwise believed to be the work of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Students Islamic Movement of India. Nine years after his death his case is still being heard across courts in Mumbai. 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. He was beaten up in the Lucknow court premises by fellow lawyers in 2007, for defying the diktat of the bar association. Produced by Anurag Kashyap, Sunil Bohra and UTV, 'Shahid' tells the story of Azmi's "death and life in that order". He was killed by unidentified assailants in his office on February 11, 2010. This, admittedly was, just a re-enactment of an incident in the director's own life as against that of Azmi. Shaheed Shahid Azmi. “What is striking about these young men and women is that they don’t want to become just any other lawyer. While Shahid changed and put his lawyer’s uniform to rest for the day, Rehana started preparing tea for him. 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 was himself arrested in 1999 and accused of being involved in a plot to kill a prominent Mumbai politicians. [7], It was while he was defending Faheem Ansari in the 26/11 attacks case that he was killed. “That’s because there is no dearth of lawyers in India, even among the Muslim community, but what lacks in them is the courage and competence that Shahid possessed and portrayed.”, Malegaon-born and brought up advocate Shahid Nadeem agrees with Yadav. 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. “While I was studying law in Malegaon, it was my dream to work with him, which I eventually did. Azmi was born and brought up in the Deonar suburb of Mumbai, in a Muslim family with origins in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh. [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. Shahid Azmi (1977 – 11 February 2010) was an Indian lawyer best known for defending cases of persons accused of terrorism. Shahid Azmi’s life (1977-2010) exemplifies one answer to this perennial question. 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 call from his office assistant and court clerk, Inder. Apart from Siddiqui, there are several young Muslims who are assisting Shoaib in light of the path shown by Azmi. “Immediately after his murder, I took admission in a law course and decided to become a lawyer, just like him,” adds Khan, who has been practising for two years now. His Case- 591 likes. Azmi’s life, well reported and also depicted in Hansal Mehta’s film Shahid, was full of twists and turns with some contentious events. Co-incidentally, his name too means the same. This is a huge loss to our society, my family. Responding to the petition, the court ordered an inquiry in the case, and the allegations were found to be true. According to him, out of 108 witnesses, the case is … Subsequently, he crossed over into Pakistan-administered Kashmir, where he spent a brief period at a militant training camp, but soon returned. This is a huge loss to our society, my family. Though he was taken to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, he was soon declared dead. By Subhash Gatade, It was the mid of 2008 when I first heard about Shahid Azmi. Shahid was declared dead after being taken to the Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar. Released in 2013, Shahid is based on the true story of Azmi. He was a real hero and inspiration.. Azmi was accused of crime at a young age; in 1992, aged 15, he was arrested for violence during the 1992 Bombay riots. 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. 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. And this does not include the many acquittals that took place after his murder. [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]. “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. Truly, in his death, Shahid has been immortalised. Shahid Azmi was himself arrested in 1999 and accused of being involved in a plot to kill a prominent Mumbai politicians. In the wake of terror attacks, several bar associations across the country had passed resolutions that forbid members from representing those accused in terror cases. "[15], Then in April 2011, while the accused were in a sessions court at Kala Ghoda, for a hearing the police caught a man named Munna reportedly of Navlekar gang, with a weapon and live cartridges in the court premises, who had come allegedly to free the accused. 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. [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. Ansari was acquitted of all the charges by the Supreme Court of India due to lack of evidence on 19 August 2012. He was killed by unidentified assailants in his office on February 11, 2010. 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. Mumbai: ‘Shahid’ director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao remembered slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi on his death anniversary. “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. 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. Advocate Shahid Azmi murder case: Charges framed against four accused. [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. Shahid means the one who is immortal. Singh was with Azmi in the office when bullets were pumped into Shahid’s body. (more…) As he said to The Times of India in an interview, "I had seen policemen killing people from my community. In all, he spent seven years at Tihar Jail, Delhi. “Shahid bhai’s murder changed my life” he recalls. 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. On February 11, 2010, a young Mumbai lawyer, Shahid Azmi, was assassinated in his chamber, by a group of armed men. 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, 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 cites the example of a young girl named Firdaus Siddiqui, a, Malegaon-born and brought up advocate Shahid Nadeem agrees with Yadav. Shahid Azmi was himself arrested in 1999 and accused of being involved in a plot to kill a prominent Mumbai politicians. On 11 February 2010, his lawyer Shahid Azmi was murdered in what was suspected by authorities to be a professional contract killing. 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. 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. “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. He was third amongst five brothers. Though he was taken to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, he was soon declared dead. Disturbed by the 1993 riots, Azmi fled to Kashmir to take up arms against the state - though his family denies any knowledge of this. . In the acquittal, the Judge blasted the Mumbai police for the case it made against him and Sabauddin Shaikh. Through these hardships, I learned hard lessons. We don’t want to forget his death. Speed News Desk 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. 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. 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. “I know that it is almost impossible to fill the void that was created by his murder. [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. Muhammed Riyas, from Kerala’s Kasargod district, remembers Azmi as someone who was “unapologetic and courageous”, though he never met him personally. Azmi’s life, well reported and also depicted in Hansal Mehta’s film Shahid, was full of twists and turns with some contentious events. He was killed by unidentified assailants in his office on February 11, 2010. These motivating words quoted from American criminal lawyer Roy Black for years inspired Shahid Azmi till he was gunned down in his office on … Remembering Shahid Azmi, a patron of justice and a victim of intolerance . Let off lightly as a juvenile, and due to lack of any proper evidence against him. After Kashimji’s murder, his wife advocate Nusrath Fatima joined Poojary as one of his six juniors. (more…) But it was for a very brief time, just for about a month and a half month.”. , 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. “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. MUMBAI: The murder of defence lawyer Shahid Azmi has shocked the legal community not just in Mumbai, but across the country. It was also a life which was tragically cut short, when Shahid Azmi was assassinated at the age of thirty three. 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. Shahid Azmi’s life (1977-2010) exemplifies one answer to this perennial question. 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. You can kill a person but not the idea that he believed in and practiced. [11] In his brief career of seven years, he secured 17 acquittals in court. 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. Underworld Don Took his assassination job and … August 24, 2017 4:28 am. Shahid, the nephew of Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi… 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. Sometimes, answers to deep philosophical questions emerge from a single life. 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. Biopic is a territory where very few Bollywood filmmakers want to tread, but Hansal Mehta was not apprehensive to take on the real-life story of slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi even though people dissuaded him. By teaching me what pain and humiliation were all about, he awakened my heart to mercy. It was a call from his office assistant and court clerk, Inder. There were the likes of Fahim Ansari, incarcerated on charges of drawing maps for the 26/11 terror attacks. 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. In April 2009, a Mangalore-based lawyer, Naushad Kashimji, was killed. 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