04 January 2020

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind demands dismissal of UP CM and judicial probe in police 'atrocities' in UP

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind demands dismissal of UP CM, judicial probe in police 'atrocities' in UP
JIH President addressing to mediapersons

New Delhi:  Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has demanded the dismissal of UP Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath and a high-level judicial probe into allegations of UP Police high-handedness and atrocities on anti-CAA protesters. Addressing the monthly press meet here today at its headquarters, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind's President Syed Sadatullah Hussaini said: “We reiterate our demand for the dismissal of the UP Chief Minister - Yogi Adityanath, who failed to discharge his constitutional obligations and unleashed a reign of terror in Uttar Pradesh by targeting a particular community through the misuse of the state machinery. We condemn the violence and high-handedness of the Uttar Pradesh police on its people in the name of controlling the anti-CAA protests. We also condemn the inflammatory language used by the UP CM who talked about taking “revenge” against the state’s own citizens.”

Mr. Hussaini asserted: “We will not allow our democratic and secular country to turn into a police state. Why was there no violence during anti-CAA protests in non-BJP states? That is something fishy. We feel police indulged in large-scale violence in Uttar Pradesh.  We can judge who was guilty only after a high level judicial probe as the UP police are denying any wrongdoing.”

JIH National Secretary for Community Affairs, Malik Mohtasim Khan talked about his visit to Uttar Pradesh. He said: “UP Police have fired indiscriminately and without provocation on peaceful protests on numerous occasions. The people who died in police firing received bullet injuries on the upper part of their bodies. Why did the police not fire at their legs instead? The UP Police entered homes, destroyed properties of citizens, and tortured the young and old in custody. Video evidence shows UP police smashing CCTV cameras and then proceeding to vandalize homes, cars and other vehicles. All these atrocities seem to be directed towards the Muslim community. There are more than 20 reported deaths, hundreds injured and thousands of unnamed people are booked under various sections so that the police have an open license to arrest people randomly. We demand that this vindictive behavior by the UP government against the Muslim community must end.”

Earlier briefing the media, Vice President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Muhammad Salim Engineer said: “Jamaat-e-Islami Hind expresses great disappointment over the government of India’s insensitive response to the countrywide protests against the CAA-NRC-NPR. International media has also taken notice of these huge protests. Despite such massive outrage, the cold response of the government and the repressive crackdown on protestors in BJP ruled states indicates that the government is stunned by the unexpected response against the CAA-NRC-NPR and does not know how to secure the confidence of its citizens. The Prime Minister and the Home Minister are contradicting each other over implementation of the NRC. Instead of speaking to the protestors and trying to address their concerns, the government has announced the implementation of the NPR from April onwards this year. People have expressed doubts over the NPR and feel that it is a tool, which will surreptitiously aid and supplement the NRC and so the NPR must not be implemented by the state governments until the CAA-NRC is withdrawn by the Union government. The President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Syed Sadatullah Hussaini has written a letter to the Chief Ministers of non-BJP states to that effect.”

Earlier, Salim Engineer condemned the violence around the Nankana Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan. He said: “It is the duty of the government of Pakistan to ensure the safety, sanctity and security of the religious site and protect the pilgrims and members of the Sikh community from any act of violence, arson and vandalism. We hope this issue is resolved at the earliest and any further escalation is prevented by timely action.”


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