Mr Chidambram is angry...

Speaking to the chief ministers on 16 April during the conference on NCTC, Home Minister P Chidambram saw it fit to lambast the Muslim community without naming it. He raised the issue of “protests lodged by some people in the name of religion and sect after someone is arrested or detained for questioning” and termed such developments as a “cause of worry” and a “dangerous trend”. He added, “What is a cause of worry, however, is that, in practically every case, a small section of the people springs to the support of persons who are detained for interrogation or arrested and charged,” he told the chief ministers. Chidambaram added that there was no apparent reason for such support other than “the affinity of religion or sect. This is a dangerous trend and makes the task of the investigating agencies more difficult. I would, therefore, request you to join me in appealing to the people, and to the media, to observe caution and restraint and place faith in the integrity and impartiality of the investigation,” he said.

In normal times, we would be the first to support the Home Minister. But we are not living in normal times. During the last two decades, especially since the NDA came to power, Muslim community has been criminalised, our youth have been routinely picked up without a shred of evidence and then released by courts two, four, six, eight or even 14 years later. We have irrefutable evidence that in almost every case the police and other security agencies obtain confessions by torture and fake evidences.

This is the result of a deep-rooted conspiracy by the Hindutva elements who have sneaked into the security forces since Janata Party came to power and BJP leaders got ministerial berths. They work in tandem with the umpteen RSS-allied extremist organisations whose raison d’etre is to make life a hell for the Muslim community. The state is so soft for them that even persons named in Malegaon and Ajmer chargesheets are roaming free and even enjoying high level security provided by Mr Chidambram’s own department. Proven saffron terror outfits like Abhinav Bharat, Sanatan Sanstha, Sri Ram Sene and Bajrang Dal, to name a few, are free under your nose, Mr Chidambram. Terror hatcheries of Bhonsla Military School and Aakanksha Resort are still functioning. Arms training camps are still being organised, at times just kilometers away from your seat in the North Block. That is why Muslims have learnt to raise their voice today. And no amount of your protestations will stop us from using our democratic rights. Because we now know for sure that your security and intelligence machinery is biased.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2012 on page no. 1

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