Jamaat Endorses Delhi Minorities Commission Report on Northeast Delhi’s Violence Targetting Muslims
NEW DELHI, JULY 25—Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), India’s biggest socio-cultural organization, has fully supported the Delhi Minorities Commission report on anti-Muslim violence in parts of Northeast Delhi in February this year.
Addressing a virtual press meet on Saturday, JIH Vice-President Engineer Mohammad Salim also supported the DMC’s recommendations for setting up of a five-member committee to investigate the riots as also “the complicity or abdication of duty by the police during the violence”.
The Jamaat also supported the DMC’s demand of converting into FIRs all those complaints which were not registered by the police, recording statements of victims of violence under Section 164 of CrPC, provide protection to riot victims and reviewing police chargesheets.
Stating that the “riots were not spontaneous, but well-planned”, Engineer Salim pointed out that it was not a violence between two communities as was being projected by the police and investigative agencies but “it was one-sided attack targeting Muslims to teach them a lesson”.
Commenting on the police role during the violence in which policemen were seen on videos abetting the attackers or directly taking part in attacks on Muslims and destruction of their properties, the Jamaat leader said that it was very “shocking and disappointing”. The DMC report has revealed that besides becoming a part of the mob in attacks on the Muslims and their properties in the riot-hit areas, policemen were also allegedly involved in sexual harassment of Muslim women.
Engr Salim said that police could have stopped the riots, if it had the will to do so. “There are video evidences of policemen involved in riots”, he alleged.
“We want the policemen involved in the violence to be punished to ensure justice to the riot victims”, he demanded.
In response to a question, Malik Moatasim Khan, JIH Secretary for Community Issues, said the riots were planned to suppress the movement against Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens(NRC) and that is why CAA protesters were being arrested and charged under stringent Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act by linking them with Northeast Delhi riots. He said that as many as 200 petitions against CAA are currently pending in the Supreme Court.
Concern About Nation’s Economy
Expressing serious concern over nation’s economy, Engr Salim said that inflation had gone up and Gross Domestic Product (GPD) was shrinking, resulting into widespread unemployment. The Jamaat leader said that all this had pushed millions of poor and marginalized into poverty. He wanted the government to take urgent steps to revive the economy and provide jobs to people who had become unemployed after harsh lockdown measures all over the country in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
Stating that the Central government should come with a special package to help private and public funded schools, Engr Salim advised the government to strengthen education and health sectors.
He pointed out that lack of facilities with regard to treatment of Covid-19 patients had created panic among the general population and many people did not like to go to hospitals owing to unavailability of treatment facilities in government hospitals.
Appeal To The Government Regarding Eid-ul-Azha
Stating that the Jamaat had written to Principal Secretaries in all the states and Union Territories to ensure smooth observance of three-day Eid-ul-Azha festival beginning August 1, Engr Salim urged the police and district officials in all the states and UTs to take strict action against anti-social elements if they tried to obstruct the transport and movement of sacrificial animals.
He said that the Jamaat had made it very clear that the ‘qurbani’ or animal sacrifice, is the most important worship on Eid-ul-Azha days and there could be no replacement or alternative for that act of worship.
He appealed the Muslims to follow the highest standards of cleanliness and health-precautions in connection with ‘qurbani’ and adhere to social distancing norms while observing Eid prayers in mosques and other places.
Engr Salim said that the Sharia Council of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind had already issued guidelines to the Muslim community regarding celebration of Eid-ul-Azha which has said that health, hygiene and social-distancing norms must be followed for the sacrifice.