Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jamiat to seek penalty for officers for trying to frame six Muslims

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi : Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind is preparing to go to the Supreme Court to seek punishment for officers in Gujarat Police and state administration for attempting to frame six Muslim men acquitted by the apex court in May in the Akshardham terror attack case.
The Jamiat faction, headed by Maulana Arshad Madani, will also seek compensation for economic losses and personal trauma suffered by the six people and their families because of their wrongful imprisonment. Four of the six, by the time they were acquitted, had already spent over 10 years in jail. They had been convicted under POTA (and IPC).
“We are preparing to approach the Supreme Court requesting that the people who conspired in the case should be punished. This is not a political battle. It is a battle for justice. We do not know who operated behind the scenes, the faceless politicians. But what is clear from the court’s observations is that there were police officers and people in the Gujarat administration who actively hatched a plot to frame these people. They should be punished,” Madani told The Indian Express.
Those acquitted include Adambhai Ajmeri, Abdul Qaiyum and Chand Khan, all of whom were serving a death penalty before the SC verdict.
The others were Mohammed Salim Hanif Sheikh, sentenced to life imprisonment, Abdullamiya Yasinmiya, sentenced to 10-year imprisonment and Altaf Malek, who had already served his five-year term. After being released, all six had talked of being tortured to extract confessions. Salim had alleged that police asked him to choose which case he wanted to be charged with — Akshardham, Haren Pandya or Godhra.
‘We are all Hindustanis, but not Hindus’
Reacting to a statement from RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat that “all Hindustanis are Hindus”, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind president Arshad Madani said: “How can all of us in Hindustan be called Hindus ? We practice different faiths and beliefs. We are all Hindustanis but not Hindus. Can I say that all those in Hindustan are Muslims ? Even if we agreed with this definition, the rest of the world would laugh at us.”
On the RSS approach towards Muslims, Madani said: “We think all these moves are adding up to take away the space for Muslims and other minorities in our democratic framework. It’s not about iqtedaar (power) but wajood (identity). Our lives are about living as Muslims.”

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