Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Prakash Karat demands release of innocent Muslims implicated in false terror charges

Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat, on Tuesday, criticized the role of security agencies in investigating terror cases and claimed that innocent people across the country are being booked on false terror charges.

"There is no body to monitor security agencies, which are free to do whatever they want. In many cases, innocent youths are being implicated in false terror cases," Karat said, while addressing a demonstration organized by the RihaiManch in Lucknow demanding the release of innocent Muslims in UP booked under terror cases which were later found be false.

The Rihai Manch is an outfit formed by social activists to fight for the release of innocent Muslims and to press demand for a thorough probe into the role of security agencies, as well to punish police officers involved in implicating innocents in false terror charges. The indefinite demonstration of the Manch completed 55 days on Tuesday.

"There are lot of cases in which security agencies imposed false charges on youths. Innocent persons were arrested after Malegaon and Mecca Masjid blasts. Later, some people belonging to a Hindu extremist outfit were arrested. It revealed that those booked earlier were innocent. However, the innocent have not been acquitted. They are out on bail, but, cases against them are still going on in the courts," said Karat.

Regarding innocent Muslims booked under false terror cases in UP, Karat said that he had met Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav a few months back and requested him to provide compensation and ensure rehabilitation of six Muslim youths, who were arrested on terror charges but later acquitted by various courts in the state. "However, state government has not done anything till now. Also, no action was taken against the investigating officers who imposed false charges against the innocent people," he said.

Karat said that the RD Nimesh Commission report had found discrepancies in the arrest of Khalid Mujahid and Tariq Qasmi, accused in 2007 serial blasts. Later, he said, Khalid died in police custody. He demanded CBI inquiry into Mujahid's death.

The Rihai Manch had also demanded CBI inquiry into the death of Mujahid. The Manch had alleged that Mujahid was killed to protect police officers who were involved in falsely implicating Mujahid because his release would have spilled their beans. The state government has agreed for CBI inquiry into Mujahid's death but the Union government has not yet taken any decision on it.

Karat also demanded review of 2011 amendments in Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. "Some provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) enacted in 2002 by the NDA government but repealed later, have been brought back in the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act after amendment, which have made Muslim youth vulnerable targets of security agencies," he said. He added after the 26/11 attack, the government passed the amendments in a hurry. He said that the CPM had met and raised the issue thrice with then home minister P Chidambaram.(Source : Times Of India)

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