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
"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
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
“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.