Jamil Ahmad Khan, right, and 10 others were acquitted 25 years after being accused of terrorism; here he is pictured with wife Rehana [Bilal Kuchay/Al Jazeera]

Bhusawal, Maharashtra – On May 28, 1994, Farukh Ahmad Khan, a tall, slim man, was delivering a lecture to his students in Thane, Maharashtra, when he was told that a police officer was looking for him.

Khan, then 24, wanted to work abroad and had applied for a passport. He thought that the officer’s visit was related to his application. 

The officer left a message for Khan to visit the local police station. When Khan arrived, he was escorted to the commissioner’s office for questioning.

He was asked whether he knew someone named Jamil Khan, and responded

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