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Yatra from Batla House to Makka Masjid

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A yatra called Safar-e Insaf-o Bhaichara started from Batla House in New Delhi to Makka Masjid in Hyderabad via Malegown against bomb blasts and illegal arrests of Muslims in India. The yatra was led by the well-known social and human rights activist Faisal Khan, leader of Khudai Khidmatgar, along with Balwant Singh Yadav of NAPM (Himachal Pradesh), Inamul Hasan of Mission Bhartiyam (Pondcherry), Bilal Kaazgi Adv. of NCHRO (Gujarat), Mohammad Faizan of Sadhva Mission (Uttar Pradesh), Shabbir Hussain of ANHAD (Kashmir) and Rahil Iqbal (Delhi). It reached the historical Makka Masjid in Hyderabad on 21 April and was received by Amjed Ullah Khan, Corporator (MBT) and other Muslims. Together, they went to the spot where the bomb was planted on 18 May 2007 and prayed for the 15 persons who lost their lives due to the bomb blast and the subsequent police firing.

The yatra started from Masjid Khalilullah near Batla House on 12 April 2012 and after covering seven states (4000 kms) it reached Hyderabad. The protest rally visited Agra-Jhansi on 13 April, Bhopal-Khandwa on 14 April, Burhanpur-Jalgoan on 15 April, Malegown-Pune on 16 April, Belgaum-Hubli on 17 April, Chennai on 18-19th April, Nellore-Vijayawada on 20.

The yatris went to the house of Shaik Abdul Kaleem who was picked up first and tortured by Hyderabad Police after the Makka Masjid blast. He was instrumental in the confessional statement of Swami Aseemanand before the CBI Court accepting the responsibility for the bomb blasts of Makka Masjid, Malegaon and Ajmer dargah for which hundreds of Muslim youths were arrested and tortured. Mr Kaleem told the yatris that in spite of being in jail for three years and being exonerated in all cases, he has not received the promised amount of two lakh from the Andhra Pradesh Govt. and still his brother is in Cherlapally jail and his parents and relatives are still being harassed.

The yatris also visited Maulana Abdul Aleem Islahi at Saidabad and met him and his son Motasim Billah and paid tributes to his son Mujahid Saleem who was shot dead on 31 Oct 2004 by Gujarat Police officer Narender Ameen.  The yatris also visited Maulana Naseeruddin of Wahadat-e Islami at Saidabad who was implicated in a false case and imprisoned in Sabarmati Jail from 31st October 2004 to 4th September 2009.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2012 on page no. 13

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