Is India’s Democracy in Jail, Asks Story of Qayyum Who Was Imprisoned for 11 Years in False Terror Case

Mufti Abdul Qayyum was wrongly implicated in the Akshardham Temple attack case in 2002 and spent 11 years in jail for a crime he did not commit.

Irfan Ahmad and Md Zakaria Siddiqui in their paper "Democracy in Jail" in the Economic and Political Weekly Vol 52, Issue No 44, look at prison as an understudied subject in anthropology. 

The paper looks at Qayyum's prison memoir—"Gyarah Saal Salaakhon Ke Peeche (Eleven Years Behind Bars)"to explore an alternative democracy that manifests in prisons. We reproduce parts of the paper here:

The Gujarat police “abducted” Qayyum on 17 August 2003.  

He was taken to the crime branch and brought into the office of Dahyabhai Gobarji Vanzara, Director-General of Police, Gujarat. On Qayyum’s refusal to confess about his supposed involvement in the Akshardham case, Vanzara ordered a stump-wielding team to beat him.