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Convention on State Excesses against Innocent Citizens

Aligarh: After the demolition of the Babri Masjid, the movement for its rebuilding was getting shrill and loud across the nation and to smother that movement, thousands of innocents were framed in Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Prevention Act (TADA) and thrown behind the bars for many years. I was one of them. Since I have been a student activist, I continued my activism in jail too. I opened the first jail university in Tihar Jail, introduced many courses,” said Khaliquz Zaman, acquitted of terror charges after spending five years behind bars. He was addressing a convention on ‘State Excesses against Innocent Citizens’ organised by Aligarh Muslim University Students Union in AMU’s Kennedy Auditorium on 11 Decemebr.

He emphasized that we must stand united and combat every tyranny and students can play a remarkable role in this struggle.

AMUSU President Abdullah Azzam speaking

Akhlaq Ahmad, APCR National Coordinator, said that once Hitler had said that “Terrorism is the best political weapon,  for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death”.

The same agenda of terror is being executed today across the world for gaining control over states. Issues like terrorism, communal riots, love jihad, cow protection, Bangldeshi immigrant etc are nothing but tools in the hands of the State to divide people in order to gain control over their lives and to facilitate corporate interests.

“The ratio of Muslim population in India is 14.8 percent but 19 percent of the jail population is Muslim. In Maharashtra 10.6 percent  of the population is Muslim but their ratio in the state jails is 32 percent. Several “encounters” in the name of counter-terror were proved fake by different investigating agencies and court judgments. Thousands of innocent Muslim youth are languishing in different jails in the name of terrorism. Victims of mass murder during communal violence are waiting for justice for 30-35 years in spite of the guarantee of justice, equality and liberty provided by the Indian Constitution to all,” he said.

Parveena Ahangar, chairperson of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) in Kashmir, whose own son remains untraced ever since the Indian Army arrested him in 1990, urged the gathering with teary eyes to join her struggle against enforced disappearances by armed forces in Kashmir.    

Prashant Paikray, spokesperson of POSCO Pratirodh Sangam Samiti, said “The policies of liberation, privatisation and globalisation clutched our natural resources devastating our livelihood and putting our identity at stake. Fake encounters, custodial deaths and illegal detentions have become the norm at the hands of the security agencies to curb people’s movement of jal, jungle and jameen.”

 Bazlul Basit Chaudhary, who hails from Assam and works as a research coordinator in Centre for Action Research and Planning, stated that false propaganda of “Bangladeshi migration” has been propagated for political gain and it is the root-cause of ethnic and communal violence in Assam. Addressing the issue of AFSPA in north-east and the atrocities being committed by the armed forces, he entreated with students to be the part of their struggle against oppression and victimisation.

Abdullah Azzam, President of AMUSU, called upon the students to get engaged in the research and documentation work on various human rights violation issues across the country and expose the conspiracy before the nation.

The chief guest of the convention was Abdul Mubeen, an AMU alumnus who was acquitted of terror charges after 14 years, addressed the gathering through video message. Mohammad Adeeb, former MP, also addressed the convention.   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2015 on page no. 13

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