Release of Nimesh report demanded

Aatankwaad ke Naam pe Qaid Nirdoshiyon ka Rihaai Manch (Forum for the release of innocent detainees in the name of terrorism) criticised the U.P. state government for delaying the report of the RD Nimesh Commission which was constituted to probe the arrests in the UP courts blasts case. The Forum leaders, advocate Mohammad Shoaib, Rajiv Yadav and Shahnawaz Alam, said in a statement here that on the one hand the state government claims to be the protector of the rights of minority communities and on the hand is passive about its pre-poll promises of looking into the arrests of innocent youth arrested on false charges. They said it exposes their communal mind-set.

The Forum had demanded that the government release the innocent persons before Independence Day but it was observed that the SP leaders where misguiding the families of the prisoners at the individual level. The Release Forum sent out letters to Muslim MPs and MLAs enquiring why they did not raise this critical issue in the parliament session. The Release Forum representatives also said they felt that the MPs and MLAs failed and lacked courage to question these matters of grave importance. They said they’ll gherao the residences of the SP leaders.

Accusing the SP of inciting riots in the state, the Forum said that Kosi Kalan riot’s prime accused is a district SP representative while the minister of state Raja Bhaiya’s minions  torched Muslim houses in Pratapgarh’s Asthan village. Yet Muslim leaders choose to keep mum.

 Aaliya Khan

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2012 on page no. 6

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