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Malegaon youth on hunger strike since May 16 against police atrocities

Wednesday May 18, 2011 08:09:37 PM, Staff Reporter

Aftab Alam is on hunger strike

since May 16


Malegaon: A local youth in Malegaon is sitting on hunger strike since May 16 against what he called as the police prejudice and seeking justice for the innocent Muslim youths arrested in the 2006 blast case.


Aftab Alam, 35, is sitting on hunger strike at Mushawerat Chowk in Malegaon since May 16 demanding action against Dy Superintendent of Police (DYSP) Avinash Kumar.


"Kumar is biased against the people who are protesting peacefully at Mushawerat Chowk for release of the Muslim accused arrested in the 2006 Malegaon blast case and a ban on Hindutva terrorists", alleged Aftab Alam while speaking to this afternoon.


Mushawerat Chowk is one of the sites which had witnessed the blast on September 08, 2006. 


About his demands, Aftab said, "Unless written assurance is given that no case will be filed against peaceful protesters, all previous cases are withdrawn and Kumar is transferred from Malegaon, my fast unto death will continue."


According to Mustaqueem Dignity, one of the leaders of the Nidharmi Sanghatna, three people were sitting on 24-hour hunger strike on rotation basis since April 25 demanding release of the local youths arrested in the 2006 Malegaon blast and a ban on RSS and other Hindutva organisations for their alleged role in terrorism.


Nidharmi Sanghatna , a local NGO is protesting with these demands since about a year. They intensified their protests after the bail application of the local youths was rejected by the court.


"Our protest is totally peaceful. Prior permission has also been taken from the local authorities and we are paying Rs. 60/- per day to the Municipal Corporation for the pandal", he said.


"However", he alleged, "After ten days, DYSP Avinash Kumar started filing cases against the peaceful protestors under section 102 of Mumbai Act. Shocked, we approached Dy Collector Ajay More on May 11 and lodged complaint against the DYSP, and also sought action against him. When we did not get any reply from the Dy Collector, we left with no option but to start the hunger strike", he said.


According to him, the police has filed cases against 30 of the 69 people who have taken part in the peaceful protest. Tired of what they called as the 'police high handedness', they started the hunger strike.


Malegaon is soaring at 44 degrees but Aftab Alam, who is on fast unto death since May 16 and declines to take any food or water, has lost six kgms of weight.


Meanwhile's repeated attempts to contact Dy Collector Ajay More and DYSP Avinash Kumar failed.










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