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Government’s insensitivity in Khalid Mujahid & Tariq cases

Kheta Sarai: Khalid Mujahid and Tariq Qasmi were arrested in broad day light in December 2007 on the charge of terrorism and an enquiry commission, after on-the-spot enquiry, found that these two persons were innocent and that police had no proof of terrorism against them, but sadly they are still rotting in jail and the state government and police of UP are quite insensitive to their long incarceration and no action is being taken for their release. Report of the enquiry commission has also not been made public by the state government and their continued incarceration is a matter of great worry for Muslims, particularly for their family members. It may be recalled that Hakim Tariq Qasim and Khalid Mujahid were arrested as suspects in terrorism cases and in the presence of many people in Rani ki Sarai (Azamgarh) and Mandiyahu (Jaunpur) in December 2007 but police had shown their arrest at different places and on different dates. Subsequently UP government had set up RD Namesh Commission in February 2008 to enquire into their arrest and submit a report in six months. The Commission after visiting the two places and meeting many people mentioned in its report that their arrests were wrongly shown at different places and also on different dates and that they were wrongly arrested and police could not find any proof of their involvement in terrorist activities. This report has not so far been made public by the government but in spite of the absence of any proof of their involvement in any terrorist activity, they have not been released. It was also reported that in jail they were tortured, humiliated, their beards pulled up, Qur’an was desecrated in their presence in order to torture them spiritually and they were also prevented from offering namaz. 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 August 2010 on page no. 19

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