Hindu, Christian religious leaders joining peace caravan of Jamaat Islami

By TwoCircles.net news desk,

New Delhi: As the national Caravan for Peace and Justice taken out by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind is concluding on November 25, several Hindu, Christian and Muslim religious leaders are joining it at places.

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The Caravan, which started on November 10, is being led by Maulana Syed Jalaludheen Ansar Umari, All India President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and Nusrat Ali, Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.

Prominent religious scholars are participating in the caravan. They include Swami Onkaranandji, Swami Agnivesh, Swami Amarender Muniji, Sardar Paramjeet Singh, Dr John Dyal, Fr. Dominic Emanuel. Several Muslim religious leaders including Maulana Asghar Imam Mehadi and Maulana Abdul Wahab Khilji are also taking part in the caravan.

“Prominent social activists and thinkers including Sandeep Pande, Khairnar, Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan, Medha Patkar, Amresh Mishra, Ajit Sahi, M. H. Muchala, Dr. Syed Hamid and Dr. M. Manzoor Alam are sharing their thoughts with the caravans,” said S Q R Ilyas, JIH media incharge.

“The Caravan for Peace and Justice was launched in the wake of unprecedented havoc created in the country in the name of terrorism and communalism,” he said adding that Jamaat-e-Islami Hind is highly concerned about communal conflicts which are once more becoming frequent in the country. “We are witnessing disruptive activities in different states, mindless bombings and explosions in trains and public places, genocides and state supported carnages, brutal police firings, encounters, tortures and custodial deaths,” he said.

“The politicians and law enforcing authorities are equally responsible for aggravating the situation. Minutes after the blasts, the police come out with a standard preconceived statement blaming the ‘foreign hands’ and Muslim-sounding organizations. Later they start arresting Muslim boys indiscriminately and creating terror in Muslim localities. On the other side, despite clear leads against the extremist Hindutva groups, either action is not taken at all or it is taken half-heartedly. Different yardsticks are used based on community and political affiliations” he added.

In the national as well as state-level caravans Jamaat-e-Islami Hind is raising the following demands:

1) All riots and disruptive acts of the last decade should be probed into by an independent high powered commission to identify the actual culprits and the report of this enquiry should be made public.

2) Reforms should be initiated in the Police and Law Enforcement machinery and the recommendations of National Police Commission should be immediately implemented. At least 25% of Police personnel at all levels should belong to minority communities residing in that state.

3) Effective legal mechanism should be evolved to check and curb police atrocities, illegal detentions, fake encounters, tortures, custodial deaths and fabricated accusations.

4) Harassment of relatives and well wishers of the detainees should be stopped and a whole locality should not be targeted or victimized.

5) Confidential reports and confessions extracted under duress must not be leaked to the media. Effective regulations and legal mechanism should be enacted to ensure fair and unbiased reporting in media.

6) All initiatives for undemocratic and unjust legislation should be stopped and all those legislations in various states should be cancelled wherein confessions in police custody are made admissible in courts or which allow police to keep persons arrested without filing charge sheets or which violate human rights in any way.

7) Measures should be adopted to promote human values, respect for human life, tolerance and co-operation so that we can build a hatred free and peaceful India.

8) Justice should not be delayed. Comprehensive reforms in the judicial system should be initiated to ensure speedy delivery of justice. All those residing in jails for more than five years, pending a judgment in their case; should be immediately released. All those who are eligible for bail, but lack financial resources, should be granted bail and released from custody.

9) The horrible conditions in jails should be changed through comprehensive measures of jail reform.

10) The erstwhile NDA regime had imposed an unjust ban on SIMI. The present central government should honour the Justice Gita Mittal tribunal’s judgment in this matter and immediately lift the unjust ban on students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).