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21 Muslims arrested in Jalna riots freed on bail

Mumbai: Minor communal riots had erupted in a village of Jalna (Maharashtra) district on 21 May in which 21 innocent Muslims were forcibly arrested, were released on bail on 2 June by Jalna district court. The reason of their arrest was that on 21 May a fight between two drunkards was given a communal colour by vested interests which led to communal riots and tension in the village. Rioters had set a car of one Waseem Patel on fire and had also attacked Muslims; but instead of arresting the rioters, at the behest of the saffron leadership had arrested 21 Muslims who had nothing to do with the riots. Around midnight SRP personnel forcibly entered the houses of Muslims and arrested 21 Muslims most of whom were youth and the police had registered cases against them under section 307 and also against many other sections. Though 8 non-Muslims also were arrested but light sections of IPC were invoked against them because of which they were released on bail the very next day. Local leaders of Jamiatul Ulama, after contacting state leaders of Jamiatul Ulama selected Advocates Syed Tariq Majeed with whose efficient pleading of the case all the 21 arrested persons were released on bail on 2 June by Justice N. P. Karpore.

Maharashtra Jamiatul Ulama’s President Maulana Nadeem Siddiqi, while expressing his satisfaction over advocate Majeed’s successful pleading and the release of innocent Muslims said that the police charge that these Muslims had indulged in stone pelting at the police is totally false and that the village’s SI, who is biased against Muslims, had ordered the arrest of these innocent Muslims at the behest of the equally biased saffron leadership. He said that Jamiatul Ulama will lodge a complaint against this, to Maharasthra’s DIG and also to chief minister of Maharashtra to take action against the SI.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 July 2016 on page no. 14

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