Muslim Leaders’ SOS To PC, Habibullah

Muslim Leaders’ SOS To PC, Habibullah

29 May 2012
Greater Kashmir


Srinagar: Leaders of various Muslim organizations have expressed serious concern over the “illegal” detention and arrest of two Kashmiri students allegedly by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of UP police. In a joint memorandum sent to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and National Commission for Minorities (NCM) chairman Wajahat Habibullah, the leaders urged them to look into the arrest of the two students of Jamiatul Falah “on an urgent basis in order to offer some solace to the families of these victims.” “Alarmed as the Muslim community is at the resumed random and unending saga of arrests of Muslim youth from various parts of the country on apparently no tangible charges, two more such recent incidents are agitating the community,” they said in the memorandum. Two Kashmiri students Muhammad Waseem Bhat and Sajjad Ahmed Bhat of Tarzoo Sopore studying in a reputed Madrassa (Jamiatul Falah at Bilaryaganj, district Azamgarh, UP) were reportedly picked up by ATS of UP police from Aligarh railway station on 24 May. They were travelling on Kaifiyat train from Azamgarh to Delhi to visit their ailing cousin who had come to the capital for medical treatment. The memorandum also expressed concern over the fate of Fasih Mahmood, an engineer in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, who, according to media reports, was deported to India on 13 May this year at Indian government’s request on alleged “terror” charges and so far there is no information about his whereabouts. “The Muslim community is pained to see this continuing saga of harassment. We request you to kindly look into these matters on an urgent basis in order to offer some solace to the families of these victims who have fell foul of the security agencies’ ultra vigilance where victims are picked up on mere suspicion without any real, hard and tangible proof and thereafter they are kept under illegal detention while the agencies try to somehow obtain some incriminating “evidence” or secure their forced confession via torture which is illegal and against India’s international obligations,” they said. “These illogical incidents are seriously eroding the Muslim community’s goodwill towards UPA,” they warned. The signatories to the memorandum include Dr Zafar-ul-Islam Khan, President, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat; Mujtaba Farooq, Chairman, Coordination Committee for Indian Muslims; Muhammad Ahmad, Political Secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind; Abdul Hameed Nomani, Secretary, Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind; Dr Tasleem Rahmani, President, Muslim Political Council of India; Dr SQR Ilyas, General Secretary, Welfare Party of India; Zaheer Zaidi, President, Shia Point; Maulana Muhsin Taqwi, President, National Council of Shia Ulama; Shuaib Shaikh, Secretary, Students Organization of India; AK Kidwai, Secretary, Association for Protection of Civil Rights; Maulana Ataur Rahman Qasmi, Director, Shah Waliullah Institute and Maulana Jalal Haidar Naqvi, Joint Secretary, All India Majlis Ulama-e Hind. Meanwhile, Welfare Party of India has criticized the Anti-Terrorism Squad of Uttar Pradesh for allegedly lifting two Kashmiri students of Jamiatul Falah from the Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express at Aligarh station. Dr S Q R Ilyas, general secretary of the Party in a statement wondered “whether we live in a democratic civilized society, where civil and human rights of its citizens are ensured or in a medieval military junta regime where people devoid of basic rights live under fear and threat.” The whereabouts of the two Kashmiris students of the 50 years old prestigious institution known for its academic excellence and contribution towards the educational emancipation of Muslims, has not been revealed though they were picked up on 24 May. Welfare Party asked for immediate release of the students and action against the concerned police officials. Dr Ilyas reminded the UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Singh Yadav to “restrain all such officials especially in police department, who may derail the confidence of Muslims and other vulnerable sections on whose support, the Samajwadi Party has got absolute majority in assembly.”