Mulayam decries arrest of Urdu journalists in UP

By staff reporter

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday decried the alleged harrassment of some muslim scribes in J P Nagar (Amroha). Demanding the suspension of local District Magistrate (DM) and SP, the yadav satrap lashed out at the state government for harassing muslims during the month of Ramzan.

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As per reports, local police in JP Nagar lodged a case on the complain by the electricity department against five scribes of urdu daily ‘Sahafat’ and hindi daily ‘Awam-e-Hind’. Later, on September 4, one scribe was arrested by the police. It is reported that the electricity department officials were on a routine checking drive in the market on August 21. The scribes objected to it when they reached a general store owned by a muslim citing DM’s directives to suspend recovery during Rmazan. The altercation took an ugly turn and the employees lodged an FIR against the scribes. However, a cross FIR has been registered in the case by the police.

Meanwhile, the yadav chieftain raised the issue terming it as anti muslim act by the local administration at the behest of state government. “The scribes have objected to the wasooli by the local police which irked them and they lodged a case. It reflects the anti muslim face of state government which is harassing the muslims during the holy month of Ramzan,” said Mulayam. The SP supremo also highlighted the anti urdu newspaper act of the state government which has curtailed advertisement for these newspapers. “The advertisement for urdu newspapers have been stopped in a bid to throttle their voice. The BSP government is anti muslim and is not serious about their issues,” he claimed. Mulayam also raised the issue of lathi charge on unemployed urdu teachers in Lucknow beside the scam in scholarship in urdu medium schools. “It is an effort to deprive the muslim community from earning their livelihood by the government,” he added.