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AMUSU honours victims of Akshardham

Aligarh: The AMU Students’ Union honoured Mufti Abdul Qayyum, Adam Bhai Ajmeri and Maulana Abdullah, three of the seven acquitted in Akshardham case after spending 11 years in prison, here on 7 May.

 

The programme started with the AMU Students’ Union President Abdullah Azzam honouring the three by offering them honorary membership of the AMU Students Union, draping them with the Union’s gown and presenting them mementos to mark the occasion.

The programme was attended by Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan, President of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, Gulzar Azmi, Secretrary of Jamiat Ulama Maharashtra and noted Advocate Mahmood Pracha who has been fighting cases of the terror-accused.

Mufti Abdul Qayyum in his key address spoke of the need for social harmony, saying that he had no malice or hatred for anyone; he only prays that the kind of injustice that was faced by him is not meted out to anyone. He said that he had full faith in the Indian judicial system as he was innocent. He hoped that the same system will now work to penalise those in the security agencies who implicated innocents and caused misery to so many people.

AMUSU President Abdullah Azzam in his presidential remarks said that the people who are released after spending years in prison are victims of terror which is perpetrated by the state itself. He questioned why the State was hesitant to investigate the leads provided by the confession of Swami Aseemanand and others who have accepted their responsibility for various terror attacks for which Muslim youth are still behind bars. He questioned the legitimacy and sincerity of traditional secular parties, in particular the Samajwadi Party government of Uttar Pardesh which, during the elections, had promised to address this issue but then failed to even table the Nimesh Commission report which exonerated Khalid Mujahid and Tariq Qasmi and raised serious questions about the intent and operations of security agencies.

Abdullah Azzam called for the creation of a national fund for the rehabilitation of the victims of state terror, as the rehabilitation and reintegration of people like Mufti Abdul Qayyum is of great concern that should be taken up seriously.   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 May 2015 on page no. 13

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