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 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”.

24 August 2021

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind President says imperialist forces should learn lesson from Afghanistan; calls to make it an ideal Islamic welfare state


New Delhi: Commenting on the political changes in Afghanistan, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) President Syed Sadatullah Husaini has hoped that these changes will end years of unrest and bloodshed in the country and restore peace and order in the region and help to reinstate the rights of the Afghan people.


In a press statement, the JIH President said, “20 years ago, the overthrow of the Afghan government through military action, the brutal atrocities on innocent civilians by colonial and imperialist forces, the series of bombings and raids on its cities and the constant attempts to impose the will of foreign powers on the Afghan people is a reprehensible chapter of recent history. It is gratifying to note that the perseverance and struggle of the Afghan people resulted in the withdrawal of the imperialist forces from their country.”


Mr. Husaini said that the imperialist powers should learn a lesson from this episode and forever refrain from the policy of unnecessary interference in the affairs of poor countries to further their own vested interests. He asserted that the United Nations and the international community should also learn a lesson from this and put in place a strong process to prevent the manipulation and interference of weaker nations at the hands of powerful countries. He expressed happiness and satisfaction that the transfer of power was completed peacefully without much bloodshed.


The JIH President drew the attention of the Taliban to the fact that the eyes of the whole world are now on them and are closely monitoring their behaviour and actions. “The Taliban have the opportunity to present to the world a practical example of the benevolent and merciful system of Islam. We would like to draw their attention to the fact that Islam is the advocate of peace and well-being. It gives freedom of belief. The protection of the lives and property of all human beings, including minorities, is of paramount importance to Islam. Islam is also very sensitive about women’s rights. We hope that the new rulers of Afghanistan will strictly adhere to these teachings of Islam and set an example before the world of an Islamic Welfare State where everyone is free from fear and terror and lives a peaceful and prosperous life with equal opportunity to flourish and prosper. We also hope that a new government shall soon be established in Afghanistan by popular vote in the democratic and consultative spirit of Islam that represents all sections of the country and one that shall prove to be a source of lasting unity and stability among the Afghan people. Reports that the Taliban have announced a general amnesty, assured peace and order to Sikhs, Hindus and other minorities, and hinted at dialogue and co-operation with all countries of the world are welcome,” he added.


Commenting on Indo-Afghan relations, the JIH chief has said that our country India and Afghanistan have a long-standing and healthy relationship. He continued, “In recent years, India has also played an important role in the development of Afghanistan. We hope that this warmth and solid relations will continue and be further strengthened. We also wish to remind the Government of India of its responsibility to initiate healthy relations with the new Afghan government and to play its part in building and developing Afghanistan and ensuring peace and security throughout South Asia.”

09 August 2021

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Maharashtra announces Rs 1.5 Crore rehabilitation package for Konkan flood victims

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Mumbai: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) Maharashtra President Rizwanur Rahman Khan along with state Vice President Syed Zameer Qadri visited the Konkan flood hit areas like Chiplun, Mahad and other towns. They spoke to the flood victims, assuring them of all possible support. Meetings were held with several social workers and heads of community centres and NGOs to discuss plans of rehabilitation.  Mr. Rizwan has said that all social organizations need to come together and cooperate with each other to carry out the rehabilitation task, ensuring that no flood victim is left out.  The JIH state chief has also announced Rs.1,50,00,000/- (1.5 Crore Rupees) rehabilitation project for the flood affected victims. He said, “people who have lost their livelihood in this calamity will be helped in restarting their businesses. Also, houses which have been destroyed or partially damaged will be reconstructed or repaired. A proper survey has been initiated to facilitate this process.”


Following the devastating flood in the Konkan region, the JIH Maharashtra along with affiliated organisations and its sister bodies had commenced the relief operation from 23rd July. The JIH cadre is now being assisted in this task by members of the Ideal Relief Committee Trust, IRW, Youth Wing, Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) and Medical Service Society (MSS). The volunteers have not only distributed cooked food, medicines, bottled water and blankets, but they have also cleaned wells, roads, schools and residential buildings and houses, making them usable. They were professionally trained to work in such an emergency situation.


Briefing on relief efforts, the JIH Maharashtra said, “a team led by the organisation itself, also comprising members of the Youth Wing, IRW, MSS and SIO from Mumbai and Thane had reached the worst hit town Chiplun (Ratnagiri district),  on 24th July with two truckloads of relief material. Later, several other teams from Mumbai, Solapur, Parli, Pune, Nagpur, Nanded and other cities joined with them to execute the relief operation. They are still on the ground, engaging in all sorts of relief work. After the survey, the JIH has provided 1500 kitchen kits sets so far in Chiplun, Murad Nagar, Rajewadi and Kondeote. Till date, JIH has distributed about 3400 bottles of water, 4200 food packets, ration kits to 500 families, medicines and 1500 emergency lights. More than one lakh rupees has been distributed as emergency aid among 40 families. As many as 14 wells and seven water tanks have been cleaned in Chiplun so far. Several schools, buildings and mosques have also been cleaned. The JIH has set up a medical camp in the affected area because such calamity can potentially increase the risk of infectious or epidemic diseases. A mobile medical van is also being used to address the health concerns of the affected people. So far over 500 patients have benefitted from this effort. 50 houses of Mahad and Rajewadi have been surveyed. Cleaning material has been provided to more than 800 families.


The JIH state unit has appealed to all the people to lend a helping hand to this relief and rehabilitation effort by their contribution.