By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net
Hyderabad: Criticising the role of Muslim ruling class in Hyderabad, city-based Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee, said that the leadership have completely failed at the time of crisis to fulfill their responsibility of using political pressure on the government of Telangana to provide justice to the victims of the Aler encounter.
“People of Hyderabad are in great shock that even though Muslim political class is powerful they did not save the youth of their community. The community is even more concerned that even after the completion of one year of cold blooded murder; the Muslim political class has failed in getting justice to the families of the victims. As per the victims family version, they were active and in forefront till the completion of funeral of the encounter victims and then slowly disappeared,” reads the statement issued by CLMC.
The statement was issued while on the first anniversary of the Aler encounter where five Muslim under trial prisoners were killed by police on April 7.
The five UTs were killed in exchange of gun fire, as claimed by police whereas victim families term it as ‘fake encounter’ aimed at retribution.
While reminding all the concerned citizens, the state and the media, the CLMC statement said, “The familymembers of the victims are struggling every day to reckon with the reality of how the whole state machinery conspired to deny them basic legal rights. But still they are waiting for the justice to their loved ones who were killed in the encounter.”
Terming newly-formed Telangana state as a police state, CLMC attacked K Chandrasekhar Rao for not fulfilling the promises made.
“The Chief Minister of Telangana Mr. K Chandrasekhar Rao who had given many assurances to the Muslim community during the movement has turned off his promises. Instead of fulfilling his promises for the upliftment and development of the Muslim community, five Muslim youth who were under trial were killed by his police in a gruesome manner.”
“After this killing, question was raised in the Assembly, the CM answered that the Assembly would discuss this issue in a detailed manner but one year has passed, Chief Minister does not have time to discuss and he did not fulfill his promise. The TRS government has taken ‘U’ turn on the promises given to the people of Telangana. The KCR government did not even initiate judicial magistrate enquiry u/s 176 (1) (A) CrPC. On the other hand, in an atrocious move Chief Minister, K. Chandrasekhar Rao-led TRS government ignored the demands; instead the state itself registered an attempt to murder case against the prisoners who died in the police firing,” the statement further reads.
Emphasising on the Judiciary to deliver Justice, CLMC said, “Five Muslim youth killed were under the custody of judiciary, it was the responsibility of the judiciary to protect them. But even the judiciary failed in this matter. And not only this, the judiciary did not even take serious note of this brutal killing; it should have taken suo motu and ordered for enquiry under section 176 (1) (A) of Cr.PC which is mandatory as per Supreme Court and NHRC guidelines for the encounter killing by the police.”
The National Human Rights Commission and the National Commission for Minorities has not taken this matter seriously, CLMC said.
“The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) did not take this case as suo motu and did not even respond after sending reports and requests to take up this issue in the greater interest of justice.”
The committee appealed to the Chief Justice to intervene into this matter and provide speedy justice to uphold the confidence of the people on judiciary.
“We requested the Chief Justice of Apex Court to take this matter as suo motu PIL in the greater interest of justice. But that also has not worked out.”
Demands put forth by CLMC are:
1. Demand to CM of Telangana K Chandrasekhar Rao to take immediate action before the time slips off from the hands! Once the time slips away, the name of the first CM of Telangana would be written in black letter in the history. Because he played the role of silent spectator on the brutal killing of Muslim youth.
2. Demand for enquiry u/s 176 (1) (A) of Cr.PC which is mandatory as per Supreme Court and NHRC guidelines.
3. Demand to register case u/s 302 of IPC against the policemen involved in the killing of five under trial Muslim prisoners.
4. We demand the Chief Justice of Telangana High Court to list the matter on the first priority basis and fulfill his responsibility to provide justice to the victims’ families.
5. We demand Muslim political class should open their mouth and speak for the community they belong to as they stood for the other backward communities.