Imphal, April 24
Popular Front of India Chairman O M A Salam in a statement condemned the ongoing arrests of human rights activists and innocent Muslim youths in Delhi under draconian charges.
The Delhi Police Special Cell investigating the riots happened in North East Delhi has arrested Jamia Millia Islamia students Meeran Haider and Safoora Zargar and charged the draconian provisions of UAPA on them. It is learned that former JNU student Omar Khalid is also named in the FIR. This witch-hunt of student activists who took part in anti-CAA protests by using draconian laws is nothing but communal and political vendetta. By such acts, the Delhi Police controlled by the Central Government is trying to pointedly suppress any voice of dissent against the ruling class.
North East Delhi riot was clearly an anti-Muslim pogrom planned and executed by Sangh Parivar. While BJP leaders like Kapil Mishra who instigated mobs to attack Muslims still roam free, Delhi Police as per dictates of their political masters is engaged in fixing the responsibility of riots on leaders and laymen belonging to Muslim community.
It is reported that AAP leader Tahir Hussain who was arrested earlier is also now charged under UAPA. Later Popular Front activists in Delhi including District President Pervez Ahmed and District Secretary Mohammed Ilyas were arrested under false charges alleging involvement in riots. Serious sections are added in their FIR also. Many innocent Muslims of the locality still languish in jail. Unfortunately, the Delhi civil society could not rise to the occasion adequately so far.
O M A Salam stated that while the entire nation is indoors to prevent the catastrophe of Covid-19, the BJP government has never quarantined its treachery and wickedness. Rather, it is misusing the helplessness of the people to suppress dissent and undermine democratic values. In such a serious situation, Popular Front Chairman called upon political parties, community organisations and civil society groups to break their silence, raise their voice and act together against the injustice being committed against targetted Muslim groups, activists and local victims in riot affected Delhi.