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Wednesday December 07, 2011 11:32:06 AM, & Agencies

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Malegaon: As the indiscriminate arrests of Muslim youth in the name of fighting terrorism begin afresh after a gap of two years, the kin accusing the police of violating Supreme Court guidelines have appealed Union Law Minister Salman Khusrhid for intervention.


In an open-appeal made to Salman Khusrhid, Imtiyaz Ahmed, an Aligarian of 2003 batch who claims to be knowing the family of one of the accused said, "The Azamgarh, Malappuram and Malegaon experiment by some misguided elements of India's intelligence agencies, bent upon demoralizing the Indian Muslims, seems to have now shifted to Bihar's Muslim-dominated districts.


"As a respected national leader of Muslims, as a symbol of the Indian Muslim pride, and as the Hon. Minister for Minority Affairs, we expect you to come forward to stop this continued injustice being meted out to vulnerable Muslims of Bihar, and to all other Indian Muslims who are equal partners in whatever India stands for.

"Kindly take the matter up at the highest levels and help stop this brutality being unleashed on innocent Muslims of Bihar. We have high expectations from you, and believe that you would definitely heed to our appeal", he added.


The Police has arrested November this year six Muslims from Madhubani in Bihar, Chennai and Delhi suspecting them as Indian Mujahideen operatives to probe their possible involvement in several terror attacks.


The police suspected them to be involved in terror strikes at the German Bakery in Pune, Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore and the Jama Masjid shooting in Delhi last year ahead of the Commonwealth Games is being investigated.

Earlier, relatives of Gauhar Aziz Khomany, who has been arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell for having alleged links with terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, have approached the National Human Rights Commission and the National Commission for Minorities seeking intervention and accusing the police of not having adhered to the Supreme Court guidelines on making arrests.

In a letter to the NHRC, Gauhar's brother Hasan Aziz Aamir alleged that the police had violated the Supreme Court directions by failing to inform his family about his arrest. “No official information about the arrest has been made to the family members so far. I fear that my brother is being falsely implicated. The police claim that Gauhar was arrested on November 23, whereas I received a call from his mobile phone number (9891635734) on my phone (08083372902) on the evening of November 26. This clearly contradicts the police claim,” said the letter.

Akhlaq Ahmad of the Association for Protection of Civil Rights said the police should have followed the rules laid down by the Supreme Court while carrying out arrests.

According to The Hindu, the leading Indian English Daily, Gauhar's brother has also written to Delhi Police Commissioner stating that the Supreme Court directives had been violated and that his family came to know about his arrest only through the media.

“We were in for a shock when we learnt that he has been arrested. Whoever knows Gauhar can vouch for him, given his commitment towards social work. He would collect money from us (brothers) to financially support the needy and would also organise social awareness programmes in his village,” The Hindu quoted Aamir, who is a lawyer and a management graduate working with a company in Dubai.

Coming from a highly educated family, Gauhar himself is a mechanical engineer. One of his brothers is a senior scientist in the United States and another a civil engineer working in Saudi Arabia. “Our father had done engineering from Sindri, earlier in Bihar, and retired from the irrigation department,” said Aamir.




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