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Published in the 1-15 July 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

Government has changed but the anti-Muslim policy of the police has not changed
Another Muslim youth arrested

Hyderabad: Anees Mohiuddin, a 28-year-old Muslim youth who came to Hyderabad from London on 10 June, was arrested as soon as he stepped off the plane. He was pursuing his MSc in UK. The police handed over him to Crime Investigation Department (CID). They alleged that he was and ‘ISI’ agent and one of those who masterminded the killing of an RSS activist Mahaveer Prasad Modi on 6 April 2000. They also alleged that he was an associate of Azam Ghouri, a ‘Naxalite’ from Warangal who joined Lashkar-e-Toiba and was killed in an ‘encounter’ in Karimnagar in 2000. Mohiuddin is also accused of sheltering those accused in the murder of former Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya. Police sources claimed Anees was an engineer who aided and funded Ghouri in carrying out a series of bomb blasts in Hyderabad and elsewhere in the state in 2000. His name allegedly figured in emails sent by Ghouri to a Lashkar commander who went by the alias of “Taya Chacha,” claimed the police. 

After Ghouri was gunned down on April 6, 2000 in Karimnagar district, Anees fled the city and surfaced in England. In raids carried out by the police in 2000, they found some hard disks which they claimed proved Anees' links with militants and his role in the blasts. While Ghouri was shot, several others of his outfit were arrested and are now facing trial.

Family members received a call from the police that Anees will be presented before the court on 11 June but no information was given as to on what basis the arrest was made. 

Anees had completed his BTech (Mechanical) from an engineering college of Bijapur and had gone to UK in 2000 for MSc. Earlier he had visited Hyderabad 18 months back on the death of his brother-in-law. Locals say that Anees never had any police record and belonged to a respectful family. He never quarrelled in the locality and always gave attention to his studies. Six months ago, he married a Hyderabadi girl on telephone. He had come to be with his bride. 

Meanwhile, many sections of the society have condemned this act. Lateef Mohammed Khan, secretary of the Hyderabad-based Civil Liberties Committee, in a press note said that this attitude of the police shows that although the government has changed, the anti-Muslim policy of the police has not changed. Khan added that police officials openly say that they don’t care for anyone and can send anyone to jail on any basis. 

Mr. Yusuf Rahmat Ali, General Secretary of the All India Majlis Tameer-e-Millat, while condemning the arrest demanded the chief minister to cleanse the police department of communal officers. He said that there was a conspiracy to harass Muslims by arresting them in Haren Pandya Murder case. 

Maulana Mohammed Hameeduddin Husami Aaqil, head of the Millat-e-Islamiya, said that the Congress Government should take measures to stop these arrests. He said that the police are making arrests on charges of sheltering those involved in Haren Pandya murder case although this link has not been proved yet. He demanded impartial probe into the issue. There has been a feeling of anguish and fear among the Muslim community since the harassment, torture and fake ‘encounters’ of innocent Muslim youths started under the previous government in the name of ISI. Although the government has changed, the problem continues.

Meanwhile, Anees was remanded to police custody for five days. Section 120 B and 153 AIPC has been imposed on him. A CID team will start interrogating Anees from 15 June by taking him into custody from the police.

Chief Minister YS Rajshekhar Reddy on 22nd June, assured the state Assembly that a thorough inquiry would be conducted into the illegal detention of a Muslim youth by the police in Hyderabad. 

Ibrahim Usmani

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