Mumbai blasts accused in jail, wife, kids stare at bleak future
The arrest of Mumbai serial blasts convict Manoj Kumar Bhanwaralal Gupta alias Munna has all but put an end to a happy life for Rasiya and her three children, all less than 4 years old.
Rasiya of Kannur, Kerala, married Gupta, who had converted to Islam when a teenager, even though she knew he was an accused in the serial blasts. The wedding took place in 2007 after Gupta was released from prison. "After he was released, Gupta stayed at various mosques. During one of these stays in a mosque near Mumbai, an Imam from Kerala Mumbai arranged his marriage with a woman from Kerala," the police in Kannur said.
"He had been imprisoned for 14 years. Our family settled on his proposal since the case was over," Rasiya said.
This, however, wasn't the only reason why Rasiya's family consented. "The proposal from Gupta was god send. He did not demand dowry. So we managed to marry Rasiya off at the age of 30," said her mother Fathima.
Then in March this year, the Supreme Court upheld the life imprisonment of Gupta and other accused in the serial blasts case, and in the blink of an eye, Rasiya's life was turned upside down.
The family left their rented house at Jogeshwari in Mumbai. Soon after, Gupta brought a pregnant Rasiya and their two children to her parents' house at Athazhakunnu near Kannur, and went into hiding. Two weeks later, Rasiya give birth to their third child.
Gupta came to visit his family some time later. "He used to talk loudly in Hindi, attracting the attention of neighbours," said Mubashira, a neighbour of Rasiya's. He returned again Tuesday night — and landed in the police net.