By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,
New Delhi: Perturbed with the unchecked trend of arresting Muslim youths on even slight suspicion and keeping them in jail for years without trial and chargesheet, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has decided to launch a nationwide awareness campaign. JIH has taken the decision in the wake of regular acquittal of Muslim terror accused yet no check on arrest of other innocent people in terror cases.
“We are concerned over imprisonment without trial and chargesheet of innocent people in terror cases. We will make it an issue of public movement in states with huge number of such victims, like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Maharashtra and Bihar,” said Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umri, National President (Ameer) of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind while addressing a press conference here on Saturday.
Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umri (centre), National President (Ameer) of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind addressing press conference at its headquarters in New Delhi on 5th May 2012
It’s really concerning that the government is not giving any compensation to those people who are being acquitted by court from terror charges after languishing in jail for several years, nor is it checking such fresh arrests of other innocents, Maulana Umri said.
He also announced that in collaboration with other Muslim organizations, Jamaat will work on legal help of such victims and financial assistance on humanitarian ground of their starving families.
The Jamaat leader touched various other major issues concerning the country and the community.
Talking about the riot victims of Hashimpura of Meerut, JIH President asked the new government of Uttar Pradesh to take up the quarter-century old issue on priority basis and do the needful for justice and rehabilitation of the victims.
“It’s over 25 years when hundreds were butchered by policemen in Hashimpura of Meerut. They are yet to get full justice and compensation. We urge the new government of Uttar Pradesh to include the issue in their priority list. They have made several promises to Muslims in their election manifesto, they should include this issue also,” said Maulana Umri.
He further said that a delegation of the Jamaat will meet the UP Government with the demand.
In the monthly press briefing, Maulana Umri, who was accompanied by other top leaders of the Jamaat including Mohd Jafar (Vice President), Nusrat Ali (General Secretary), Er Mohammed Saleem (Public Relations Secretary) and Mohammed Ahmed (Secretary), also talked about Naxalism, D-voter issue of Assam, Muslim personal law and Palestine.