Letter to Colin Gonsalves from Badol farazi; a Bangladeshi citizen, who was trapped in an Indian jail for 10 years
Badol Farazi, a Bangladeshi migrant, was arrested from the Benapole Immigration checkpost in 2008 on charges of a murder, he could not tell the relevant authorities that he was not the person they were looking for and someone else who was not at all connected to the case. He was falsely implicated for the murder of an elderly woman in Delhi by her domestic help “Badal Singh” instead of whom the person in question “Badol Farazi” was arrested. Badol served 10 years at Tihar Jail for a crime he did not commit.
On 6th July,2018, Badol was taken back to his country, Bangladesh, under a bilateral treaty on ‘Transfer of Sentenced Prisoners’. He will serve the rest of his sentence in a Bangladesh jail and will not have the option to appeal his sentence after repatriation.
He writes the letter, pasted below, from the Dhakal Karaniganj Central Jail, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Mr. Colin Gonsalves,
Socio Legal Information Centre (HRLN),
This is Badol Farazi s/o Lt. Ab. Khalek Farazi writing to you from Bangladesh. Through this letter, I would like to pay my heartiest gratitude to you for receiving excellent legal support from your NGO. The kind support and legal aid provided by your organisation to the poor, needy and helpless prisoners is really exceptional and extraordinary that I have witnessed while confronting a murder trial in Delhi.
I should not forget to mention that today, I was able to return to my motherland and moreover was able to educate myself because of support from you.
Thank you sir. Thank you very much for helping me through Adv. Suma Sebastian, who not only fights for justice for the poor and needy but also has been a great doctor for those poor, helpless bedridden inmates fighting for their lives on hospital beds. Moreover, I have seen that when she is unable to do anything for them, and for their family, she donates her monthly salary that you pay her. She works….really, she works not like others. As a lifer convict, I experienced a prison life and during this period of incarceration, I found that your “NGOs” and their representatives originally work for prisoners. I feel that the blessings of those poor, helpless and needy prisoners will always bless you. Your generous work may live forever.
If I am free, “Insha Allah” would wish and come say to you Thanks and do some work for your organization. Allah May help you, Ameen.
Md. Badol Farazi
Dhakal Karaniganj Central Jail,