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Tuesday November 20, 2012 10:15:29 PM, Special Correspondent

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New Delhi: Backed by over a dozen NGOs and activists belonging to various student organisations, Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) is organising a nationwide protest and march to the parliament on Thursday to protest against indiscriminate arrest of Muslim youths in the name of fighting terror.


"The SIO has decided to conduct a one-day Nationwide protest on 22nd November 2012 and a parliament march from Jantar-Mantar to Parliament Street on 2.30-5.00 pm to protest arrest of innocent Muslim youths in terror cases", a statement released by the SIO said.


The protest is backed by Jamat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), All India Muslim Mushawerat (AIMMM), Alliance for Social Justice (D.U.), JSSF, Lokraj Sanghathan, Rehayi Manch, Insaf Morcha and others.


A host of top activists including Author and Activist Arundhati Roy and MPs Brinda Karat, Atul Kumar Anjan, Asaduddin Owaisi, Mohd. Adeeb, Ram Vilas Paswan M.P are expected to speak during the rally.


Besides them journalists and activists Ajit Sahi, Amresh Mishra, Seema Mustafa, Mohd. Ahmad Kazmi and advocates N.D. Pancholi, Mushtaque Ahmed are also expected to address the rally.


Explaining the reasons for the protest the statement said, ""The chain of arresting innocent youths in the name of counter terrorism has been going on in the country for a pretty long time. On one hand the police and the various government agencies arrest innocent youths under serious charges while on the other hand media project them, much before the court decisions, as veteran terrorists."


"As a result, their lives and lives of their respective families become troublesome and their entire families are ruined", it said.

"The police and investigation agencies fail rather miserably in courts of law to prove the allegations leveled against the arrested Muslim youths, and after suffering incarceration for 5 to 14 years that court proceedings take, these innocents are released", the statement said.


"However", the statement added, "During this period, the cream of their life is ruined, their houses and families are destroyed, and their relations and friends disenchanted. In these circumstances the released Muslim youths see only dark future ahead."



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