Victims of failure to understand


The inspector agreed Amir was not involved in any criminal activity, and his fingerprints don't match anyone's in police records. They have not sought his custody. "Amir is innocent. He was arrested under mob pressure. It is up to the court to take a decision on his bail. We are even delaying the chargesheet to help him go on bail," said a police source.

Dipen Konra, Bengal

Caught, freed, caught...

Konra, 30, a tribal from Burdwan, boarded a train from Shalimar on June 5, 2011, hoping to find a job in Kollam. Two days later, he stepped down for water at Aluva station, a few hours from Kollam, but the train pulled away before he could board it. In the crowded compartment, his brother-in-law Shibu travelled on, unaware.

In unfamiliar surroundings, Konra started walking aimlessly along NH 47, asking futile questions in Bengali. In the evening, he reached Desham, where people questioned him in Malayalam, got no answer and alerted the police, who took him to Nedumbassery police station.

The next morning, he ran away, jumped a wall in front of the police station and found himself on the compound of Kochi International Airport. Under the impression that a Maoist had sneaked in, police and CISF chased him along the runway and caught him after he had jumped back out of the compound, fracturing a leg and an arm. He was charged under sections of the IPC and the Airport Act.

He was taken to Kottayam Medical College, having also injured his genitals and bladder. "He was plastered from neck to foot, his legs wrapped together with a single bandage. He could not pass urine," said Martin Puthussery, a Jesuit priest from Kolkata who is studying migrant workers in Kerala. "He told me in Bengali that he had done nothing wrong other than try to escape. He had no idea he was jumping into the airport compound."

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