Arrests of Anti-CAA Students, Activists Tarnishing Image of Police: JIH
NEW DELHI, MAY 2— Vice President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), Prof. Mohammad Salim Engineer has condemned the ongoing arrests of social workers, students and youths who had participated in the anti-CAA demonstrations.
“We strongly condemn the ongoing arrests by the Delhi Police of prominent anti-CAA protestors by implicating them in various cases including slapping UAPA against some. We are particularly concerned about the arrest of Safoora Zargar, a research student of Jamia Millia Islamia who according to reports has been kept in solitary confinement in jail despite being in her second trimester of pregnancy. This action by the Delhi Police not only seems inhuman and biased but also appears to be motivated by vengeance,” said JIH Vice President in a media statement on Saturday.
He urged the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Delhi Police “to exercise fairness lest its image is tarnished by allegations of prejudice and high-handedness.”
Prof. Salim Engineer said: “It is a matter of regret that while the entire country is in lockdown and successfully fighting the COVID-19 pandemic with cooperation and trust, the Delhi Police is busy taking advantage of this situation. It is taking oppressive action against the anti-CAA protesters by linking them to the violence in the recent Delhi-riots. This raises questions on the fairness of the Delhi Police. On the other hand, there seems to be no action taken against those associated with the ruling party at the center, who openly spread hatred, provoked people, and those who carried out large-scale planned attacks in North-East Delhi in late February. This contrasting behavior by law enforcement authorities is sending a wrong message at a sensitive time.”
“We expect the Central Government and the Delhi Police to take the necessary steps for restoring confidence in the government and police and to do justice without any bias and discrimination. Jamaat demands the release of Safoora Zargar and other research students of Jamia Millia Islamia,” said Jamaat leader.
In the last two weeks, besides Safoora Zargar, Jamia research scholar Meeran Haider, Jamia alumni association president Shifa-ur Rahman and former JNU research scholar Umar Khalid were also booked under UAPA in connection with the northeast Delhi violence.