Probe profiling of Muslims: Indian civil society

Civil society in an open letter to the Home Minister P Chidambaram has demanded the appointment of a separate commission to suggest requisite changes in the law to ensure that the Muslims can also live as equal citizens in this country. These civil society groups have also accused the law enforcing and investigating agencies of institutional bias against Muslims and have also sought probe against agencies that are biased against Muslims.

The letter alleged that there is tendency in all special agencies entrusted with the task of investigating terror attacks to implicate innocent Muslims in the terror incidents. The letter also alleged that the Special Cell of Delhi Police have the tendency of manufacturing encounters, ISI agents and terrorist. Citing an example from a case in July 2005, the letter says that a Delhi Police Special Cell team arrested seven youths as ISI agents. And five years later, Additional Sessions Judge A.S. Bhatt ruled that they were innocents implicated to get awards and promotions.

The letter also referred to the closure report of CBI in Al Badr case that says that the Special Cell had falsely implicated two innocent Muslim youths, who were police informers. In this case, CBI had also recommended severe punishment for officials involved.

The letter also asked Chidambaram as to “why your officers see communal witch-hunts, fake encounters and branding of innocents as the easiest way to procure promotions and gallantry awards.” Civil right activists demanded action against all police officers involved in framing innocent and to compensate those framed on concocted charges. The letter was signed by Shabnam Hashmi, AB Bardhan, D Raja, Harsh Mander, Mallika Sarabhai and Medha Patekar.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 4

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