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JIH decries arresting spree of Muslim youths on concocted terror charges

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By MG Correspondent

New Delhi: Mere change of faces will not suffice because people of India demand performance, said Nusarat Ali, Secretary General Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) commenting on the recent cabinet reshuffle. The JIH Secretary General was speaking to mediapersons during the monthly press meet at JIH headquarter here on 3 November. He was commenting on the new phase of uncontrolled communal riots, ongoing spree of arrests of Muslim youths on the basis of concocted charges and back-breaking inflation and price rise.

Nusrat Ali said JIH is deeply concerned over the continuing communal situation in many states across the country. He said that during the recent riots in Faizabad and nearby villages like Bhadarsa and the previous ones in Kosi Kalan Pratapgarh, Mussori etc. in Uttar Pradesh and the October 23 riots in Aakot, Maharashtra, precious lives were lost and large-scale loot and arson took place. In these riots the Muslim minority had to bear the loss of crores of rupees. The role of police and administration as usual remained irresponsible, he said.

Commenting on the situation in Assam, he said that the rehabilitation of the displaced members of the minority community of Bodoland areas is yet to take place. He stressed an early solution to their problems.

He said that the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav has said that riots are being waged in U.P. as a conspiracy to defame his government. Such a statement of the chief minister is not enough, he said adding that the need of the hour is that the state governments as well as the Union government should take stringent measures against communal conspirators, tighten the law and order machinery and inflict severe punishment on the criminals. He also demands that Rs. 20 lakh be given as compensation to each of the families of those killed in the riots and the monetary loss of the devastated should be fully paid by the state. He repeated JIH demand to the Government to bring a strong anti-Communal Violence Bill soon as promised.

Addressing the issue of ongoing arrests of Muslim youths on the basis of concocted charges, Nusrat Ali said, “it is satisfactory that the apex court released on bail journalist Mohammad Ahmad Kazmi on October 19. It is condemnable that an eminent journalist had to spend eight long months of his life behind bars, deprived of his freedom, for a crime he did not commit. The way Delhi Police levelled false charges against him, adopted illegal ways and subjected him to character assassination is enough to show that the policy of arresting Muslim youths under concocted charges in different parts of the country is part of a planned conspiracy to defame Muslims, tarnish their image before the masses in the country and thus affect the relationship between Hindus and Muslims, he said adding, it seems communal elements would continue these activities to strengthen communal parties in the upcoming elections. It appears that anti-Muslim elements having communal mindset have infiltrated in large numbers into police and security agencies. These facts compell Muslims to think that keeping them under the spell of fear and defaming them is part of State policy, he said.

 Commenting on the case of Er. Fasih Mahmood, arrested at the behest of Indian authorities in Saudi Arabia and deported on October 22 to India where he was arrested on arrival, JIH General Secretary said that it is reported that many other youths working abroad are on the hit list of the agencies. Well-qualified and professional Muslim youths go abroad in search of jobs but there too the long arms of our so-called security agencies reach out to them to deprive them of peace and harass them by levelling unproven charges. He added that our Prime Minister, government authorities and justice-loving citizens in the country should think how long this atmosphere of terror against Muslims and the ongoing moves to defame them would continue. Media persons ought to investigate each and every case and convey to their readers the truth behind police claims.

JIH General Secretary said that a delegation of Jamaat had met the Union Home Minister and asked him to stop the false implication and arrests of persons without sufficient evidence, grant proper compensation to the  acquitted persons and initiate strict legal action against the police official responsible for implicating them in false cases.

 Commenting on the spirallying inflation, Nusrat Ali said, “Jamaat is deeply concerned over the continuous rise in the prices of petrol, diesel, domestic gas and other items of daily use which puts an ever-increasing burden on ordinary families. He said that the new Union minister for railways has hinted that rail fare will also be hiked. Back-breaking rise in prices of essential food items, sugar, milk and things of common use is going on unchecked. People belonging to middle and poor sections of society are bearing the brunt, he said.

Nusrat Ali demanded that inflation should be contained, supply of domestic gas be retained under the previous system, and no cuts in subsidy should be made on any essential article under the influence of capitalists and corporates. For the construction of a happy, prosperous society, it is necessary that the fruits of development in the country must reach the poor sections in particular, and the gap between the rich and the poor should be narrowed down, he said.

 In response to a question regarding the movement against corruption in the country, JIH General Secretary said that a strong law and its honest implementation are certainly required. He added that corruption cannot be completely rooted out unless every individual has strong belief in God and has a sense of accountability before God. Jamaat is trying to convey this message to the Indian society through its regular activities and is planning to start a countrywide campaign against corruption on these lines, he said.

Ejaz Aslam (JIH Media Secretary) and Mohammad Saleem Engineer (JIH Public Relation secretary) also addressed the media and replied to the questions of mediapersons.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2012 on page no. 13

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