Release anti-blasphemy Muslim protestors of Jalna: Abu Asim Azmi

By TCN News,

Mumbai: Maharashtra Samajwadi Party chief Abu Asim Azmi has demanded release of over 50 Muslim youths who were arrested last week in Jalna when they were protesting against an alleged case of blasphemy on social networking site Facebook. The SP leader also demanded compensation for the family who lost father due to heart attack after the arrest of his son.

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“Release Muslim youths who were arrested while agitating against the blasphemy on the facebook by an unknown person” Abu Asim Azmi, President of Samajwadi Party Maharashtra and Rashid Tahir Momin, party MLA of Bhiwandi demanded in a letter to RR Patil, Home Minister of Maharashtra here on Monday.

On 22nd November, Muslims agitated against the blasphemous act on the facebook. Muslim youths asked shopkeepers to shut down their shutters. Police arrested 56 youths under article 395 and 307.

Abdul Qadir Chaudhary, Secretary and spokesperson of Samajwadi Party Maharashtra said, “Muslim youths were angry against the insult and they have been falsely implicated.”

In the letter to the Home Minister, Abu Asim Azmi wrote, “Articles imposed on Muslim Youth are harsh and they can never be forced on them.”

Few days later Police released 8 out of 56 youths and remaining 48 are kept in custody in remote areas like Terbhul and Badnapur because of which the parents are afraid of their security. Fathers of two youths died due to heart attack and the situation is said to be very tense in Jalna. TCN is contacting locals to get more information about the case.