Human Rights

Suspected members of SIMI found innocent

Mumbai: Muslim youths arrested at Akola on the suspicion of being members of the banned organization SIMI were found innocent and it was confirmed that they had nothing to do with SIMI. It may be mentioned in this connection that when these youths were arrested, some Muslims including former MP, Abu Asim Azmi had strongly criticised police and state government. Maharashtra home minister Mohammad Arif Naseem Khan had then ordered an enquiry in this case. After enquiry, it was found that they are innocent and have no connection wit SIMI. This clarification was made by Maharashtra's Director General of Police, S.S. Virk. It may be stated in this connection that last month (in July) police had arrested some Muslim youths who were coming back after attending a religious congregation. Police had described them as members of SIMI who had gone into hiding. After their arrest, Abu Asim Azmi and other Muslim leaders had raised a great hue and cry after which the home minister had ordered an enquiry after which they were found innocent. After clean chit given by the police, there are chances of their release.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 September 2009 on page no. 11

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