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Muslim leaders ask government to stop arresting Muslims on ISIS pretext

New Delhi, Feb 8:  Leaders of all top Muslim organisations in the country have demanded the central government to immediately stop arresting Muslim youths on the pretext of ISIS and termed the fresh campaign of detention and arresting as “an organized conspiracy to malign Islam and Muslims, suspect their patriotism, terrorise them and to get political benefits by creating hatred between Hindus and Muslims.”
While addressing a press conference at Press Club of India here today, Muslim leaders expressed deep concern at the nationwide arrest of Muslim youths and clerics on suspicion of having links with ISIS and Al-Qaeda just before the Republic Day.
They said that in the last one year both Prime Minister and Home Minister have categorically said that Indian Muslims are patriotic; ISIS has failed to attract Muslim youths and has little influence on them. But just before this past Republic Day, they said agencies began arresting Muslims across the country on suspicion of having links with ISIS and Al-Qaeda. “This gave an impression as if Muslim youths are not only in contact with ISIS but are also actively engaged in preparation for terror attacks in the entire country just before the Republic Day and are busy recruiting and radicalizing youth for joining ISIS ranks.”
They said these youths “will also be acquitted of terror charges in the same manner as those innocent Muslim youths arrested in similar cases in the past. But until they get justice 10-15 years of these innocent youths are lost and they face difficulties in restarting their social life.”
The Muslim leaders have put seven demands before the government:
(1) The chain of arresting innocent Muslims mere on suspicion should be immediately stopped. Cases should be withdrawn from those against whom no substantial proof was found and they should be immediately released.
(2) Those against whom terror charges could not be proved and have consequently been acquitted by the courts should be awarded ample compensation and stringent action should be taken against the police officers who had implicated them.
(3) Draconian laws (UAPA, MCOCA, etc.) enacted to counter so-called terrorism should be annulled immediately because they run contrary to basic human rights and are used by police and intelligence agencies as a weapon against innocent people. It has already been proved that charges against most of the people prosecuted under these laws were not proved. Its living example is TADA whose rate of conviction was just one percent. In the year 2014, only 18 out of 141 people apprehended under UAPA could be charge-sheeted while 123 people were found innocent – it means charges could be proved only against 12% of the accused. It is most possible that these people will also be acquitted by higher courts.
(4) A new law should be formulated in the country to ensure ample compensation to the persons acquitted of terror charges and to prosecute under terror charges the officers of police and intelligence agencies who falsely implicated them so that the lives of innocent people could be saved.
(5) A core group should be formed comprising human rights organisations working in terror cases, civil society groups and community organisations. Every such case should be referred to the panel. This core group would work as a watchdog. Only this will help establish mutual harmony, contact and cooperation between police and public and will shut the door of misunderstandings.
(6) A high-level probe should be conducted to fully expose the Hindutva terror network uncovered by slain ATS chief Hemant Karkare and also the cases brought to light by admission and revelations of Swami Aseemanand.
(7) Hindutva terror accused should not be released on bail by weakening their cases; rather their cases should be fast-tracked in order to ensure judgment.
The press conference was addressed )  Dr Shees Taimi (Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees), Maulana Ashhad Rasheedi (Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind /Arshad Madni), Salim Engineer (Jamaat-e-Islami Hind), Maulana Abdul Hameed Nomani (Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind /Mehmood Madni),  Navaid Hamid (Muslim Majlis Mushawarat) Musharraf Hussain (All India Milli Council) and Mohammed Ahmad (Jamaat-e-Islami Hind)

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