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."