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Thursday, 21 May 2020

Delhi Police using pretext of Delhi riots to target, frame and witch hunt anti-CAA activists: Activists, scholars, community leaders

Delhi Police using pretext of Delhi riots to target, frame and witch hunt anti-CAA activists: Activists, scholars, community leaders

 

New Delhi, 21 May 2020: An online Press Conference was held today by several activists, scholars and community leaders to condemn the implication of anti-CAA, NRC-NPR activists under false charges and the continuous witch-hunt of students and activists by Delhi Police.

 

Senior lawyer of the Supreme Court Prashant Bhushan, human rights activist and secretary of Citizens for Justice and Peace Teesta Setalvad, Delhi University faculty Prof. Apoorvanand Jha, Rajya Sabha MP and Delhi University faculty Prof. Manoj Jha, civil rights activist Kavita Krishnan, All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat president Navaid Hamid  and Vice President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Prof. Mohammad Salim Engineer have addressed the media persons on the issue of arresting of anti-CAA, NRC-NPR activists under false charges and the continuous witch-hunt of students by Delhi Police. Activist Nadeem Khan coordinated the press conference. After the online conference, they issued the following joint press statement:

 

“The spate of arrests of anti-CAA activists by the Delhi police, in the middle of the pandemic and lockdown refuses to stop. After Safoora Zaragar, Meeran Haidar, and Shifa ur Rehman, the Delhi Police has arrested one more student of Jamia Millia Islamia Asif Iqbal. On the 16 of May, then Asif Iqbal Tahna was  taken by the Special Cell of Delhi Police for interrogation but was arrested on 17.05.2020 by Crime Branch, Chanakypuri, Delhi. He was produced in front of a magistrate and declared arrested, in connection to the case pertaining to violence near Jamia on 15.12.2019. We remember that it was the Jamia students who bore the brunt of the violence on that dreadful night when police barged into the university and the library premises and brutalized the students unprovoked. The police arrested Asif and sought for police Custody. The Judge refused Police Custody since Asif had already been interrogated by the police many days in the past and chargesheet has already been filed in the case where the police have mentioned that the role of Asif is still ascertain and hence does not file the Chargesheet against him.

 

The judge granted him judicial custody of 14 Days. Asif’s friends who went to meet him in Crime Branch to deliver clothes informed that Asif was beaten up by Special Cell Police on 16.05.2020. Asif today informed one of his close friend by a call from jail that he was beaten up by a jail Munshi because he was a ‘Jamia student’. 

 

Yesterday (19.5.20) the Special Cell of Delhi police simply re-arrested Asif and now linked him up with the North East Delhi riots under FIR no. 59 and took him into police custody of 7 Days . With this he literally became another of the pattern arrests that Delhi Police are doing with anti-CAA activists.

 

The Curious case of FIR 59, of North East Delhi Riots: This FIR filed in connection to the riots in North East Delhi that took place between 23-27 February, at the beginning had all bailable sections. Three Popular Front activists Mohammad Danish, Pervez Alam and Mohammad Illyas who were arrested on March 12, were granted bail on March 14 and the Judge Prabh Deep Kaur reprimanded the IO for not granting them Station House bail on the day of the arrest. "It is a settled principle that in bailable offences, it is the duty of the IO to offer bail to the accused persons at the first instance. There is no explanation by the IO as to why he had not offered bail to the accused persons at the first instance as per the constitutional as well as procedural mandate," the court said.

 

This particular FIR was again evoked when Ishrat Jahan a lawyer arrested from Khureji was granted bail in her previous case on 21.03.2020.  She along with Khalid Saifi was re-arrested under this particular FIR, when this time some more stringent sections like 302 was inserted in the FIR and Ishrat’s bail was subsequently rejected.

 

On 13.04.2020 Safoora Zargar a student from Jamia Millia Islamia was arrested for the violence in Jaffrabad. When she was granted bail in that case the police re-arrested her in this particular FIR. Similarly, Gulfisha and student and anti-CAA activist from Jaffrabad was arrested in connection to violence in Jaffrabad and after getting bail in that case she was rearrested in this FIR. Now with Asif Iqbal, we have seen the same pattern. After the arrest of Safoora and Meeran Haidar in FIR 59, the police further revealed that they have added four sections from the draconian UAPA in this FIR, although they are not even ready to reveal who all are implicated under UAPA. In effect all detainees under this FIR are now potentially implicated under UAPA. Shifa Ur Rehman from Jamia Alumni Association was also booked under this FIR. So the chronology is very clear: First a person is arrested under some case, and when he/she gets or is about to get bail in the case, they are implicated in this particular FIR.

 

This FIR which started with all bailable offences have now been turned into almost an anti-terror case and it is particularly targeting anti-CAA activists and students and framing them as ‘dreaded terrorist’ who were ‘responsible’ for the Delhi riots in North East. Moreover, the FIR is most vaguely worded and makes sweeping generalisations and accusations which makes it easy to be used against anybody.

 

It is curious to note that although the majority of the victims in the Delhi riots who had lost their lives and livelihoods were Muslims, all the arrested persons under this FIR so far are also Muslims. This clearly shows the prejudiced behaviour of the Delhi Police and how they are using the pretext of the Delhi riots to target, frame and witch hunt anti-CAA activists.

 

The insensitivity of the Delhi Police is clear from the fact that they have arrested Safoora who is in the second trimester of her pregnancy and is refusing to release her. During the pandemic and lockdown, the Delhi Police kept calling students of Jamia and other anti-CAA activists for interrogation. Repeated appeals to refrain from this during the lockdown were summarily ignored. The Delhi Police continued to call activists from outside to Special Cell office even after one of their head constable was found COVID positive. We have also come to know that Delhi Police are constantly pressurising and harassing the activists called for interrogation to turn ‘approvers’ for them. This shows that they do not have an iota of evidence for these arrests and are doing this to create a fake narrative and intimidate activists, particularly the ones who were vocal against CAA.

 

We strongly condemn the arrest and witch-hunting of the anti-CAA activists. These desperate attempts by Delhi Police to make people sign on blank papers or pressurising them to turn approvers is particularly disturbing and highly illegal. This shows that the Delhi Police is using this case to only frame activists.

 

We demand the immediate release of all these students and activists. The use of the draconian law like UAPA to intimidate students and activists of a peaceful democratic movement is abominable and highly condemnable.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Top Muslim Leaders Decide To Launch Organized Campaign Against New Citizenship Law

Top Muslim Leaders Decide To Launch Organized Campaign Against New Citizenship Law

17 Dec 2019 02:12 PM, IST


Top Muslim Leaders Decide To Launch Organized Campaign Against New Citizenship Law
Top Muslim leaders decided to launch organized campaign against Citizenship Amendment Law in New Delhi on Dec. 16, 2019.

India Tomorrow
NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 17— The top leaders of India’s largest Muslim organizations have decided to jointly launch “an organized campaign” against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Law which discriminates with Muslims on the basis of religion.

“We strongly condemn the Citizenship (Amendment) Law and consider it against the fundamental structure of the Constitution and constitutional values. We appeal to all peace-loving people of the country to oppose this law and put pressure on the government to withdraw it,” said the Muslim leaders in a resolution passed at the emergency meeting held Monday night in Delhi.

The leaders had gathered at the call of Syed Sadatullah Hussaini, President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. They included: Maulana Mahmood Madani (Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind), Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan (Ittehad-e-Millat Council), Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan (Delhi Minorities Commission), Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam (All India Milli Council), Navaid Hamid (All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat), Maulana Shees Taimi (Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees), Dr. SQR Ilyas (All India Muslim Personal Law Board), Mohammad Jafar (Jamaat-e-Islami Hind), Maulana Niyaz Ahmad Farooqui ((Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind)), Dr. Syed Zafar Mahmood (Zakat Foundation of India), Kamal Farooqui ((All India Muslim Personal Law Board)), Mujtaba Farooque (Jamaat-e-Islami Hind) and Abdul Jabbar Siddiqui (Jamaat-e-Islami Hind).

The meeting took place two days after police crackdown on the students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University who were protesting against the controversial citizenship law. The police action led to widespread protests at several universities across the country.


At the Monday meeting, Muslim leaders passed a resolution denouncing the police action at Jamia Millia and AMU. They applauded the students for peacefully and democratically protesting against the discriminatory law.

“This meeting strongly condemns the barbarity of Delhi police who brutally assaulted the protesters, barged into library and hostels and beat up the students. We demand independent judicial probe into the police atrocities and guilty officers should be punished,” reads the resolution.

The new citizenship law, passed by the Parliament last Tuesday, will grant citizenship to only non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who are living in India. The new law has removed several restrictions including requirement of document to grant citizenship to the people from Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jain and Parsi communities. Muslims are apprehensive that when the government will start nationwide process for updation of National Register of Citizens (NRC), Muslims will be held for any lack of documents while others will get through thanks to the new citizenship law. 

The Muslim leaders called upon the protesters across the country to remain cautious and ensure that anti-social elements and opponents do not divert the protest or turn it violent. IndiaTomorrow




ملی قائدین و دانشواران  کا بڑا  فیصلہ: شہریت ترمیمی قانون کے خلاف منظم تحریک چلائی جائے

نئی دہلی: امیر جماعت اسلامی ہند جناب سید سعادت اللہ حسینی صاحب کی دعوت پر کل   رات ایک ہنگامی میٹنگ مرکز جماعت اسلامی ہند میں بلائی گئی۔ جس میں ملی تنظیموں کے قائدین اور اہم شخصیات شامل ہوئیں۔ ملی قائدین و دانشواران نے اس میٹنگ  میں شہریت ترمیمی قانون   کی  سخت الفاظ میں مذمت کرتے ہوئے اعلان کیا کہ اس کے خلاف ملک گیرپر امن  منظم و منصوبہ بند تحریک چلائی جائے۔ اس میٹنگ میں مولانا محمود مدنی، مولانا توقیر رضا خان، مولانا شیث تیمی، ڈاکٹر محمد منظور عالم، ڈاکٹر ظفرالاسلام خان، جناب نوید حامد ، ڈاکٹر سید قاسم رسول الیاس، جناب محمد جعفر، مولانا نیاز احمد فاروقی، جناب ظفرمحمود، جناب کمال فاروقی، جناب معاذ منیار، جناب مجتبی فاروق، جناب عبدالجبار صدیقی، جناب عرفان اللہ خان اور  جناب ابوالاعلی سید سبحانی کے علاوہ دیگر کئی اہم شخصیات شامل تھیں۔
اس میٹنگ میں درج ذیل قرارداد اتفاق رائے سے منظور کی گئی:
۱۔ شہریت ترمیمی قانون کی منظوری کی یہ اجلاس سختی سے مذمت کرتا ہے اور اسے ملک کی جمہوری قدروں اور دستور ہند کے بنیادی ڈھانچے کے خلاف تصور کرتا ہے اور ملک کے تمام انصاف پسند شہریوں سے اپیل کرتا ہے کہ اس قانون کی مخالفت کریں اور اس کو واپس لینے کے لیے حکومت پر دباو ڈالیں۔
۲۔ یہ اجلاس جامعہ ملیہ اسلامیہ اور علی گڑھ مسلم یونیورسٹی نیز ملک کی اُن تمام جامعات کے طلبہ کی ستائش کرتا ہے جنہوں نے عزم وحوصلے کے ساتھ اس قانون کے خلاف احتجاجی مہمات شروع کی ہیں۔
۳۔ یہ اجلاس دہلی پولیس کی بربریت کی سخت الفاظ میں مذمت کرتا ہے جس نے پرامن مظاہرین پر مظالم کی حد کردی ہے و ہاسٹلوں اور لائبریری میں گھس کر طلبہ وطالبات پر مظالم ڈھائے ہیں۔اجلاس کا مطالبہ ہے کہ پولیس کی زیادتیوں کی آزادانہ عدالتی تحقیقات کرائی جائیں اور قصور وار افسران کے خلاف کارروائی کی جائے۔
۴۔ یہ اجلاس مظاہرین سے اپیل کرتا ہے کہ وہ اس معاملہ میں چوکس رہیں اور اس بات کو یقینی بنائیں کہ شرپسند ومخالف عناصر اپنی سازشوں سے احتجاج کو غلط یا پرتشدد رخ نہ دینے پائیں۔
۵۔ یہ اجلاس اس عزم کا اعلان کرتا ہے کہ ہم تمام شرکاءمتحد ہوکر اس قانون کے خلاف احتجاج میں مختلف مذاہب سے تعلق رکھنے والے انصاف پسند شہریوں اور ملت کی دیگر اہم شخصیات کو  بھی ساتھ لے کر شریک ہوں گے اور اس کے لیے جلد ہی ایک کوآرڈی نیشن کمیٹی تشکیل دی جائے گی، جس میں تفصیلی لائحہ عمل کو قطعیت دی جائے گی۔

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind condemns police crackdown on JNU students



Jamaat-e-Islami Hind condemns police crackdown on JNU students


New Delhi:   Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has condemned the crackdown on the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University by the Delhi Police and CRPF.

In a press note issued today to the media, JIH Vice President Muhammad Salim Engineer said: “We condemn the lathi-charge by Delhi police and CRPF on protesting students of JNU. There are reports of many injured students and even journalists who were covering the protest. In a democratic setup, such use of excessive force against the student community is quite deplorable. We feel that the students’ demand for rollback of their hostel fees, which has been hiked 1000%, is genuine and the JNU administration and HRD Ministry must accept it.”

Commenting on the role of the government in education, Salim Engineer asserted: “The government must provide world-class education at an affordable cost to all sections of society. The government is trying to escape from its responsibility and passing the burden on students. This will deprive the poor and deserving students of education and the nation will suffer. We reiterate our earlier demand that the government must increase its minimum allocation for education to be 6% of the GDP. Our youth is our strength and we must nurture and take good care of them.”

Salim Engineer also advised the police and administration to observe restraint while dealing with students with regard to their demands pertaining to education and asked students to be peaceful and not to take the law in their own hands.