Public meeting on politics of terror on July 9
OT, June 25, 2012 12:35 IST
By Mohammad Adeeb, Seema Mustafa, Prof. Anuradha Chenoy, Ajit Sahi and Ameeque Jamei
There is rising concern across the country about the large scale arrests and harassment of Muslim youth by the security forces of the state and looking at it a public meeting on politics of terror: Targetting the Muslim youth is being held on July 9, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the deputy Speakers Hall, Constitution Club Rafi Marg, New Delhi.
Young men are being picked up without explanation, taken into police custody, beaten and tortured and eventually thrown into jail awaiting trial for years on end. Several have died in custody, the latest case being of Qateel Siddiqui who died in mysterious circumstances in the Yerwada Jail, Pune. He was arrested last November and killed in a high security prison. for a case in which his complicity had still not been established.
There has been silence about the disappearance of Fasih Mahmood, the engineer picked up in Saudi Arabia. Except for denying any knowledge of his whereabouts, there has been no response from the UPA government about efforts to trace an Indian citizen whose family is now running from pillar to post in search of Justice.
Urdu journalist Syed Kazmi remains in jail on charges of terrorism, with the police still to file a charge sheet against him.
These are just a few cases of hundreds, with official reports now admitting that a majority of prisoners in Indian jails are Muslims.
Citizens concerned about the increasing intolerance and authoritarianism of the Indian state where the minorities no longer feel safe in their own homes have decided to come together to organize a Public Meeting to raise a voice against injustice and what amounts to state terror. A resolution calling upon the state for remedial action at different levels will also be adopted at the meeting that will be addressed by political leaders like Mr.Sharad Yadav, Mulayam Singh, Prakash Karat, AB Bardhan,HD Devegauda,Justice Bilal Nazki, and senior representatives of civil society.
We call upon you to join and support the initiative that is part of a series of protests held by civil society on this issue in Delhi and other states over the last few weeks, by sending us a line with the name of your organization.
DISCLAIMER: The views of the authors are personal