Human Rights

Three years on, justice eludes Hyderabad blast victims

Hyderabad: Three years after the Makkah Masjid blasts, justice still eludes the victims of the explosions, and of the subsequent police firing and torture in the name of "investigation", the Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee (CLMC) said here on 18 May. Five worshipers were killed in the Makkah Masjid blast on 18 May 2007 and nine in the subsequent police firing when people took to the streets to protest against the blast. CLMC general secretary Lateef Mohammad Khan urged the Justice Bhaskar Rao Commission probing the circumstances that led to the police firing to submit its report at the earliest.  In a press conference, he also demanded action against the police personnel responsible for the totally uncalled for firing. Lateef Khan said the conclusions of the CLMC's fact-finding team that Hindutva forces were behind the blasts was borne out by the CBI's probe into the activities of Abhinav Bharat. "The Hyderabad police is branding Muslim youths as terrorists and torturing them in the name of interrogation," he said. The CLMC demanded that the CBI, which is probing the Makkah Masjid blasts case, should also look into the nexus between the Hindutva organisations and the anti-Muslim police officers. "Officers of the city police had misled the CBI in their investigation," Khan alleged.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 June 2010 on page no. 11

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