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PCPT to fight cases of innocent Muslims falsely arrested for terrorism

New Delhi: CPI (Communist Party of India) leader Amiq Jamayee said in a statement here on 29 June that educated innocent Muslim youth are being falsely arrested on the pretext of their complicity in cases of terrorism and terrorist activities since long and now their arrests are being made in the name of Da’ish and IS (Islamic State) also. He said that because of all this, Muslims and particularly Muslim youth are living in an atmosphere of fear and terror. Hence a voluntary organisation ‘People’s Campaign against Politics of Terror (PCPT)’ has now decided to fight their cases in courts. He said that this campaign was started in 2012 when this case was brought to the notice of the then union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde who had agreed to constitute a fast track, court so that cases of such innocent youth who were falsely implicated and arrested could be decided early. He said that in this connection office bearers of PCPT had met the then prime minister Manmohan Singh, union home minister Shinde and minister of state, home affairs RPN Singh many times and there was progress also in this matter but meanwhile government changed at the centre and with this, the matter was put in the cold storage.

He said that through this campaign awareness will be created in the people and efforts will be made for the acquittal of innocent youth who are rotting in jails. He said that these efforts will not be limited only upto court level but efforts for this will be made at the political level also. He said that in this campaign, complete support of persons like CPIM’s Prakash Karat, RJD’s Lalu Prasad Yadav, Congress’s C. K. Ja’far Sharief and Mani Shankar Iyer, CPI’s D. Raja, LJP’s Ram Vilas Paswan, Delhi High Court’s former Chief Justice A. P. Shah and also of some former (retired) army officers is enjoyed.

Subsequently, in addition to Amiq Jamayee and others, CPI’s Atul Kumar Anjan also took up this case and joined PCPT. He said that the demand for fast track court for early disposal of arrested youth’s cases, for which the previous UPA government was approached and which was subsequently put in the cold storage after the change of government at the centre will be revived now. He said that this time this issue (arrest of innocent youth) will be taken up in various states, particularly those states where many such arrests have been made or youth in jails are not able to get justice. Among these sates are UP where prominent cases are those of (Maulana) Tariq Qasmi and (late) Khalid Mujahid. These statements were made by Atul Kumar Anjan in Delhi’s Vithalbhai Patel House when Amiq Jamayee was also present. He said that because of their efforts many persons were acquitted also but the problem of their rehabilitation could not be solved. He said that in this connection they also propose to form a Trust which will not only work for the acquittal of such people and youth through legal process but will also work for their rehabilitation and relief.

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

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