Dismiss UP CM for Unleashing Reign of Fear Through Police Terror and Barbarism: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind
NEW DELHI, JANUARY 04— Jamaat-e-Islami Hind on Saturday demanded dismissal of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath charging that he “unleashed a reign of fear and distress by targeting a particular community through the misuse of the state machinery” during protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in the state.
Addressing a press conference at the Jamaat headquarters here, Jamaat’s National President Syed Sadatullah Hussaini strongly condemned the violence and high-handedness of the Uttar Pradesh police on its own citizens in the name of controlling the anti-CAA protests.
“We reiterate our demand for the dismissal of the UP Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, who has failed to discharge his constitutional obligations and unleashed a reign of fear and distress in Uttar Pradesh by targeting a particular community through the misuse of the state machinery,” said Jamaat leader.
He also condemned the “revenge” call of UP CM against the protesters.
High-Level Judicial Probe
According to media reports and fact-finding teams, the UP Police fired indiscriminately and without provocation on peaceful protests on numerous occasions, they have entered homes, destroyed properties of citizens, and tortured the young and old in custody. Video evidence shows UP police smashing CCTV cameras and then proceeding to vandalize homes, cars and other vehicles.
“All these atrocities seem to be directed towards the Muslim community. There are more than 20 reported deaths, hundreds injured and thousands of unnamed people are booked under various sections so that the police have an open license to arrest people randomly,” said Jamaat.
Whatever was done against the CAA protesters and those who were in their homes is nothing but police terror and barbarism, said Jamaat leader.
“We won’t let a democratic state turn into a police state,” said Hussaini.
Jamaat leader demanded constitution of a high-level judicial enquiry by a retired Supreme Court Judge to investigate charges against the UP police for violence and vandalism. He also demanded that the panel should also probe if protesters got indulged in violence and legal actions should be taken against the culprits.
But he also questioned as to why violence during CAA protests took place only in BJP-ruled states.
“Why is there no violence in CAA protests in non-BJP states? There is something fishy in BJP states. We feel police indulged in large-scale violence,” said Hussaini.
Police opened fire on protesters only in UP, Karnataka and Assam – all three are ruled by BJP. Delhi Police, which comes under the central government – currently ruled by BJP – also resorted to excessive use of force against protesters at Jamia Millia Islamia.
Condemning the UP administration for claiming compensation for damage of property, Jamaat said the move is against all norms set by the Supreme Court and demanded that “this vindictive behavior by the UP government against the Muslim community must end.”
What UP Police Did Is Terror and Barbarism
Briefing the media about the ground situation in UP, Jamaat’s Community Affairs Secretary Malik Motasim Khan who was part of a civil fact-finding team that visited the affected districts in western UP, said: “Even before the protests, UP police worked to suppress the protests. Clerics were told that CAA is good and it is not against Muslims.”
He further said: “Even we assume that some people got indulged in violence, will police also unleash violence? Police denied it opened fire. Does it mean that protesters killed each other?”
“All those killed had got bullets in upper parts of the body. UP Police and government treated with the protesters as if they were enemy of the country,” said Khan.
He also demanded dismissal of Yogi, saying “It is in the interest of BJP to remove UP government for upholding the constitution and morality.”
Jamaat also demanded the immediate withdrawal of cases against Retd IG Police S.R Darapuri, actor and activist Sadaf Jafar, Deepak Kabir and Mohammed Shoaib and hundreds of other innocent people.
Jamaat charged that the opposition parties of Uttar Pradesh failed to perform their duty and did not raise their voice against the terrible atrocities unleashed by the UP Police on its own citizens. “They may have to pay a heavy political price for this apathy,” warned Jamaat.