Terming the arrest of youth belonging to minority community on suspicion of their links with banned outfit Indian Mujahiddin (IM) as a move to politically benefit Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) shared a fact finding report of the arrests in Rajasthan and claimed the media was playing very important role in fulfilling BJP’s Mission 272+.
PUCL member Rashid alleged arrests in Sikar and Jodhpur were carried out because BJP was doubtful of winning seats from here.
National human rights activist Manisha Sethi said human rights organisations consider Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), worst than (Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) and Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA). She demanded this UAPA should be immediately scrapped.
She said newspapers reported that all these arrests were made as these people were planning to attack Modi, but the police said that the accused never mentioned Modi’s name.
After 2002 riots in Gujarat, it had become common to arrest people in the name of POTA and many were killed in encounters. “It was tried and tested formula in Gujarat, which is being replicated in other parts of the country,” Sethi added.
Another member Mohammad Hasan said: “The committee visited the houses of these arrested youth and found there was sense of fear, anxiety and uncertainty among the Muslim community.”
PUCL Rajasthan state unit general secretary Kavita Shrivastava said the fact finding committee was formed, which found there have been serious human rights violations committed by all the three police forces of Delhi police, Rajasthan ATS and police. So called ‘anti terror’ laws are basically for use against a particular minority community or a particular group with a left ideology or those movements whose ideas are challenging the Indian state.
She said media has reported false, biased, one-sided and exaggerated reports in this case that has caused irreparable damage to families of arrested Muslim youth. It is to be recalled that Delhi police along with Rajasthan ATS and police on March 23 had caught Mohammad Maroof from Jhotwara in Jaipur, Mohammad Waqar Azhar and Mohammad Mehrajuddin from Pratap Nagar, Jaipur, Mohammad Shakib and Barkat from Jodhpur, Abdul Ghani Ghori, Sajjad, Umar, Abdul Majid, Waqar and Akib from Sikar.