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Muslim Organisations, Civil Society Leaders Express Concern over Crackdown on Muslim Social Activists During Lockdown

09 Apr 2020 05:04 PM, IST

Muslim Organisations, Civil Society Leaders Express Concern over Crackdown on Muslim Social Activists During Lockdown
Civil society/religious leaders ask police to stop crackdown on Muslim activists during the lockdown


India Tomorrow


NEW DELHI, APRIL 9—Expressing serious concern over the arrest of Muslim social activists and students leaders during the lockdown, Muslim organisations, civil society activists and prominent citizens have appealed to Home Minister Amit Shah to restrain the Delhi police from harassing Muslim activists at a time when the entire country is fighting the menace of coronavirus pandemic.


In a joint statement, civil society and religious leaders belonging to different groups said that at a time when many of them were engaged in providing emergency help for stranded labourers and poor sections of the society by giving them free food and shelter during these difficult times, a series of detentions and arrest of social activists and students was being carried out by the Delhi police.


The civil society leaders said that “upon preliminary study, it appears that police crackdown is directed against those involved in the peaceful anti-CAA/NRC movement which was undertaken for the protection of the Constitution, democratic ethos and civil liberties”.


They said that “highly respected social activists are being implicated in false cases related to North-East Delhi riots of February 2020”. These leaders alleged in the statements that the activists were being asked to go to the police stations for interrogation during the lockdown.


“At this time, when the courts are partially working and communication is limited due to the lockdown, these steps tantamount to unnecessary harassment by the Delhi Police and causing immense anxiety and difficulty to these law-abiding citizens who are currently engaged in social work and helping the poor and needy”, the joint statement said.


Appealing the Home Minister “to direct the Delhi police to refrain from harassing the activists and targeting people belonging to a particular community during the pandemic and the lockdown”, the civil society leaders said that the Delhi police enjoyed the reputation of being the best police unit in the country. They hoped that the Delhi police would desist from any action that would harm its reputation and give scope to people to level accusations of bias and non-professional conduct when the whole world was struggling to combat COVID-19 pandemic.


“The anti-CAA-NRC protests were called off because of the coronavirus pandemic. If such excesses by the police continue and ordinary citizens and social activists become the target of their vindictive action, then it would be difficult for the citizens to protect their fundamental rights with limited access to legal remedies during lockdown period”, the statement said.


The signatories of the letter are:

Maulana Tauqeer Raza, President, Milli Ittehad Parishad

Mr Udit Raj, former Lok Sabha MP.

Dr Zafarul Islam Khan, Chairman,  Delhi Minorities Commission, Delhi

Mr  Syed  Sadatullah  Hussaini, Ameer  Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

Mr Ravi Nair , President , SAHRDC

Maulana Asghar Ali Salfi , Ameer Markazi Jamiat Ahlehadis

Dr Manzoor Alam, Chairman, IOS

Maulana Syed Tanvir Hashmi, President, Ahle Sunnat Waljamat, Karnataka

Mr Prashant Tandon, Sr Journalist & Analyst

Mr Navaid Hamid, President, AIMMM

Ms Uzma Naheed , Founder IIWA

Mr Anil Chamadia, Senior Journalist

Mr M A Khaliq, Fr Administrative Officer, Columnist, Educationist

Mr M R Shamshad Advocate SC 

Mr Ehteshamul Haq, Advocate SC

Prof.  Ms. Hasina Hashiya ,  All India Milli Council

Mr Ambrish Roy, Sr  RTE Activist

Mr Labid Shafi President, Student Islamic Organization of India

Prof Salim Engineer, GS , Forum for Democracy and Communal Amity

Mr Siraj Sait, Banglore. GS IUML

Mr Md Sulaiman , President INL

Mr SQR Ilyas , President WPI

Mr TA Rahmani , President MPCI

Mr Mashkur Usmani, Student leader AMU

Mr Mujtaba Farooq, Director Public Relations - JIH


Keywords : Muslim Organisations ,   Civil society Leaders ,   Crackdown ,   Muslim Activists  

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