The custodial death of terror-accused Khalid Mujahid has caused resentment in the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB). The board has planned to take up the issue at its working committee meeting in Delhi on June 22.
The board members believe that in view of its wider ramification in the community, mobilisation of various organisations has become imperative to take up the case with state and central governments.
Talking to HT over phone the AIMPLB general secretary Maulana Nizamuddin said that Mujahid’s death was a serious development and the board could not be a mute spectator to the prevailing situation.
“It is a challenge for the community”, Nizamuddin said, adding the Delhi meeting would discuss it.
Mujahid, who was taken from Lucknow jail to Faizabad court for appearance on May 18, died in mysterious circumstances near Barabanki. The state government while seeking the CBI probe has also instituted administrative inquiry to find out lapses on the part of the escort team of the police.
Even though the board in the past always confined itself to Shariat issue, for the first time it took up terror related matter at its annual meeting in Ujjain in March 2013. The board had also written to the state and central governments to stop harassment of youth in the name of terrorism. However now the death of Mujahid has created a piquant situation in the board.
Nizamuddin, expressing concern over the development in UP, said “the prestige of the community is at stake because of registration of fake cases against youths”. He said the board would ask the state and central governments to immediately take corrective measures. He said the AIMPLB president Mualana Rabe Hasni Nadvi had already written letters to both governments on the issue. He said innocent youth were being kept in jails without trial for a long period.
“Other organisations would also have to be involved to tackle the situation”, said board spokesman Qasim Rasool Ilyas.
But there is also a feeling in the board that apart from mobilisation of other organisations, it should directly launch a movement to protect the community. Jamiat-Ulema-Hind and Jamate Islami have already launched agitation on the issue. Ilyas, who assailed the UP government for the death of Mujahid laid stress on a wider movement. The board had directly led teh movement in Shah Bano case in 1985 and later took up Babri Masjid issue also.
While the Samajwadi Party’s plan for the release of innocent Muslim youths has landed in legal wrangles, the union home minister Shushilkumar Shinde has directed all the states to set up special courts for speedy trial of terror cases.