Shakil is one of the leading Human Rights Advocates in the city and has fought many landmark cases and succeeded in bringing justice to many scarred by irresponsible politics and state apathy.
Shrikrishna Commission – Hari Masjid case
Hari Masjid firing, a case that stands symbolic to the 1992-93 communal carnage that tore Mumbai’s social fabric apart is also one of the most complicated cases where the state machinery was exposed once again. With six Namazis shot dead in police firing, the police persecuted injured victims making them look like criminals for over a decade. One such victim was Farooqh Mapkar, a bank employee who was shot at by Police Sub Inspector Nikhil Kapse. Mapkar was later charged for rioting and attempt to murder.
A 16- year long struggle and a pertinent campaign initiated by Shakil Ahmed finally managed a dignified life for Mapkar, who walked out scot-free from the fake case registered against him by the police to hide their rabid approach towards the minority.
Alongside, Shakil also ensured that the culprits, who were indicted in the Srikrishna Commission, set up to enquire the riot cases. After a long drawn petition in the Bombay High court, CBI investigation is constituted against Kapse and others who had allegedly opened fire and murdered several innocent men.