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27 September 2021

Joint delegation of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Jamiat, SIO meets Assam CM to press demand of adequate compensation for Dholpur victims, rehabilitation of evictees

 

The joint delegation meeting with Assam CM.


Darrang, Assam, 27 Sept. 2021: A joint delegation of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), Jamiatul Ulema Hind (JUH) and Students Islamic organisation of India (SIO) has held a meeting with Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma over the forced Dholpur eviction and police firing incident. 

 

In a detailed discussion with the Assam Chief Minister, the delegation raised the issue of eviction, police resort to violence and the settlement of evictees. Assuring cooperation, CM Himanta Sarma asked the delegation to visit the site, assess the requirements and tell him what immediate measures he could take. Assuring  that the government will provide the required support, the Chief Minister urged the JIH and JUH to start the relief work.

 

Today, the delegation is visiting the incident site at Dholpur and meeting with the affected families.

 

Yesterday, the delegation, which was also accompanied by MLAs of AIUDF, met with Darrang District Magistrate Ms.Prabhati Thaosen and Darrang SP Sushanta Biswa Sarma to raise the issue.

26 September 2021

Joint delegation of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Jamiat, SIO visits Assam’s Dholpur incident site; demands adequate compensation for victims, rehabilitation of evictees

 

The delegation meeting with Darrang SP and DM over Dholpur incident.


 

Darrang, Assam, 26 Sept. 2021: A joint delegation of the national and state leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), Jamiatul Ulema Hind (JUH) and Students Islamic organisation of India (SIO) today visited Assam to assess the situation at ground zero after the alleged forced evacuation and ensuing police firing resulted in the death of 2 persons at Dholpur in Darrang district. The delegation was also accompanied by the MLAs of the AIUDF. The joint delegation met the District Magistrate of Darrang, IAS officer Prabhati Thaosen and presented her with a memorandum of demands.

 

The DM expressed her sorrow and pain over the incident and sought the help of the community leaders to diffuse the situation. The delegation demanded adequate compensation be paid to the family members of the deceased, proper medical treatment be given to injured and land be allotted at the earliest to the displaced families. She assured them, “compensation could be given only after proper investigation is done and the persons are found innocent. As far as patients are concerned, we are giving treating them at the Government Hospital. Land allotment would be done only through the proper procedure which will take time. Till this time, they have been given temporary land. Water facilities, toilets and medical assistance have been provided to them as of now.”

 

The delegate also met Mr.Sushanta Biswa Sarma, Superintendent of police of Darrang district. Presenting his viewpoint, the SP said that the police resorted to firing in self defense. The delegation presented their version of the chain of events to the narrative of self defense by the police. The delegation opined that there was a disproportionate use of force against unarmed civilians and this was unfair and inhuman. Much more restraint was required from the police. The delegation appreciated the sharing of pain and sorrow by the DM but were not satisfied over the SP condoning the brute use of force. SP Biswa Sarma assured the delegation that he will do his best in maintaining peace and harmony. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind was represented by its Vice President S. Ameenul Hasan and its National Secretary Shafi Madni. President of SIO Mohammed Salman was also part of the delegation.

 

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25 September 2021

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind demands judicial enquiry into violent Assam's Dholpur eviction, demands immediate rehabilitation of homeless

 

 Eviction drive in Dholpur, Assam.

New Delhi, 25 Sept. 2021:  Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has condemned the police firing and Dholpur Eviction in Assam and demanded immediate rehabilitation to the homeless.

 

JIH Vice President Prof. Salim Engineer said that more than 900 families were evicted mercilessly with utter disregard to all legal norms and international humanitarian obligations. He said, "the evicted urgently need food, shelter and legal assistance. The police firing on the homeless protestors resulted in the death of two and many seriously injured. The state government of Assam must take full responsibility for this and ensure that justice is delivered to the victims by punishing the concerned officials and police officers behind such a cruel attack. We hope that the report of the judicial enquiry is made public as soon as possible. We demand compensation of Rs.one Crore each to the families of the two deceased and Rs. 50 lakh each to the seriously injured".

 

Prof Salim Engineer maintained that ever since the BJP came to power in Assam, it started eviction of thousands of people in areas dominated by those from the minority community.  He said, "around 3 months back, 300 families were evicted in Dhuburi district. Two years back, around 445 families were evicted from Chotea area of Biswanath district who are still homeless."

 

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind pointed out that the Human Rights - Fact Sheet 21 document issued by UN Habitat, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights recognized the right to adequate housing contains freedoms. 

 

These freedoms include: "(1) Protection against forced evictions and the arbitrary destruction and demolition of one’s home; (2) The right to be free from arbitrary interference with one’s home, privacy and family; and (3) The right to choose one’s residence, to determine where to live and to freedom of movement. India has ratified this international law guaranteeing housing as a basic human right. The Supreme Court of India, in several judgements, has also held that the human right to adequate housing is a fundamental right emanating from the right to life protected by Article 21 of the Constitution of India. However, the BJP government in Assam does not seem to care about this legal and moral obligation. It is accusing the poor and homeless as “encroachers” and “illegal-residents" that can be dispensed like criminals in a bid to demonstrate development and progress. These evictions go against the basic tenets of our Constitution and must be rolled back and instead steps should be taken to rehabilitate them suitably at the earliest".

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind chief calls for immediate release of renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui

 


New Delhi, 25Sept. 2021:  Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) President Syed Sadatullah Husaini has called for the immediate release of renowned Islamic scholar  Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui.

 

Calling the arrest of Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui a matter of concern for all justice-loving citizens of the country,  the  JIH President has demanded the UP government to withdraw all charges against him and  release him immediately. Mr. Husaini said, "Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui is a respected personality not only among Muslims but also among non-Muslims. His arrest has caused great discomfort to a large section of society. The arrest of Maulana Siddiqui has once again raised many questions about the UP government. The arrest is also being seen as a malicious attempt to promote Hindu-Muslim hatred in the context of the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh”.

 

Mr.Husaini has reminded the government as well as the police that the practice and propagation of religion and faith is a fundamental, human and constitutional right of every citizen of this country. "In the same way, our Constitution has given every citizen – the freedom of conscience to adopt whatever ideology or belief one chooses. Any attempt to curtail or restrict these freedoms would be callous and unconstitutional. It is the responsibility of all concerned citizens of the country to oppose these nefarious attempts. We also want to make it clear that changing one’s beliefs by force or by way of allurement is not only against the teachings of Islam but also against its basic tenets. Anyone who knows Islam cannot do that”, he added.

 

The JIH Chief maintained that the reality of the allegations against Maulana can be understood in the context of various revered, respected but anti-establishment members of society being subjected to different types of accusations and harassment.  He continued, "The misuse of police and law enforcement agencies against political opponents is perilous for the future of our country. It seems that the UP government does not have any worthwhile performance to show to its electorate. That is why it is regularly taking steps to create sectarian divisions and tensions. Attempts to gain or maintain political power by spreading hatred in the society are detrimental to the entire state and the country as a whole”.