Muslims & The Men In Khakhi - (No) Crime & Pinishment.

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Muslims & The Men In Khakhi - (No) Crime & Pinishment.

Unread postby ghulam muhammed on Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:35 pm

*(No) Crime and Punishment*

*Ram Puniyani*

The state of crime and punishment is very paradoxical in current times. The guilty of communal violence generally get away without any punishment, while the innocents are being punished in acts of terror, just if they happen to belong to a particular religion. In current scenario, the current policing and social system seems to operate on the assumption that Muslims are terrorists. Both communal violence and war against terror have demonized and targeted them in particular. While the society at large has come to believe in various myths about minorities; the large section of
police force has acted in the most prejudicial and biased manner on the issues related to violence in the name of religion and in case of terrorist violence.

There have been innumerable cases of young Muslim youth being picked up in the aftermath of terror attacks, incarcerated in the jails and then let off as the legal protective mechanisms, though painfully slow, catch up to
intervene and release some of these terror accused. While every such case of young man is a heart rending tale, while every such case of police action ruins the family and career of the accused, the one related to Mohammad Aamir Khan aged 32 today (March 2012) probably ranks amongst the most horrendous ones’. The other interesting aspect of this young man trying to restart his life all over again is that he is full of appreciation of the positive aspects of the system and acknowledges the good aspects of the system, which released him from dark dungeons after 14
long and tortuous years. The same system mercifully kept him connected to the outside world with the interlude in solitary confinement notwithstanding.

Aamir, a 10th standard student, aged 18 was abducted by the Delhi police and charged of being the master-mind of the acts of terror and other related crimes. The methods employed by the police need not be recounted as while the talk of police reforms etc. is on ‘on the paper’, the brutality of the many men in khakhi continues unabated. They also keep innovating newer and newer forms of torture. The illegal act of taking signatures on blank paper seems to be routine with the ‘guardians of law’. Those supposed to be protecting our law must be probably the biggest violators of law in the power dens where they are rarely answerable and generally get away with the most serious cruelties committed in the confines of their fiefdom, the police stations and jails. Aamir underwent all this. He tried to continue
his study while in jail, through IGNOU center. But that was not to last long as one police officer in his zeal of punishing the lad belonging to the ‘wrong’ religion put him in solitary confinement and cut off his education which he was seriously pursuing. With 14 long years in the jail, how he maintained his sanity to look forward to the study of journalism or law must be amongst some of the mysteries which our society provides in abandon.

Coming back to Aamir, while in the prison he lost his father and his mother suffered paralytic stroke. His family property had to be sold to off to fight the infinite cases put against him by the police. The ‘leaders of the community’ did not have time to take up his case, and the label of ‘terrorist’ and that too, a Pakistani one warded off many other friends and relatives to come and help.

Today out from the jail, with two cases still hanging on his head, he is working with an NGO to make a living, taking care of his mother’s expensive treatment and tying to look forward to a life where he can become a professional of some sort. Who is responsible for the wreckage of the lives of Aamir and likes of him? While one can see the role of our biased police system, which regards that Muslim are criminals and terrorists in the main, one can also see the role of the prevalence of biases and misconceptions about the community, floating all around, duly promoted and deepened by the communal forces, our educational books and the slant of media reporting. Now what is the responsibility of community and state in rehabilitating these young boys? In Mecca Majid blast the accused after being arrested were let off and given the compensation of 3 lakhs each, Interestingly when they were arrested there were banner headlines of Muslims being arrested for the blast but when they came clean of it small hidden news is all that items welcomed them.

The situation during last couple of years seems to be slightly better, especially after Hemant Karkare’s path breaking investigation in Malegaon blast and Rajasthan ATS taking the issue forward and the whole saffron gang of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Dayanand Pandey, Swami Aseemanand and company coming under the scanner. Interestingly once this gang has been apprehended the acts of terror have also come down substantially; the right inference needs to be drawn here. It seems the major flaw of these investigations has been the prejudiced mind of the investigating
authorities. While a proper rehabilitation and suitable compensation to these youth is imperative there is a dying need for police reforms and their torture techniques need to be questioned. The rights of the inmates, the rights of accused need to be honored. Police authorities are reckless when it comes to Muslim youth, and those officers violating the basic norms generally get away without any punishment. The Khaki seems to be giving them too much unrestrained power to wreck the lives of innocent youth. Is it not time that the case of Aamir and his likes acts a sort of mirror to our Policing system? It calls for an urgent need for putting the issues related to communal harmony, the falsity of prevalent myths on priority basis. Hope such introspection is on amongst those vested with lot of powers.

It is rare that an 18year old, after being tortured for 14 years for belonging to a particular religion, will come out with such positive sentiments, the system also needs to introspect in the context of this young man, help him out in Toto and ensure that such acts of brutality are not repeated by the system and by men in khaki in particular.
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Re: Muslims & The Men In Khakhi - (No) Crime & Pinishment.

Unread postby ghulam muhammed on Thu May 17, 2012 3:38 pm

Brutal Khaki: Bilal Sheikh sent to jail two days after he came out of ICU

Mumbai: The brutal face of Maharashtra police was exposed Wednesday afternoon when they sent to jail Bilal Abdul Qadir Sheikh just two days after he came out of ICU. Bilal was brutally beaten by Thane police on May 2 just for breaking a traffic signal. He suffered serious fractures and injuries that he had to be admitted to ICU at Rajmukhi Hospital in Mulund West where he was operated upon.

Bilal was discharged from the hospital on 14th May with direction of complete rest for at least four weeks. As after beating him on May 2 police had lodge a case against Bilal under section 353, his family members today took him to court for bail in the case, but a big shocker was waiting for them there. The police added a new charge under section 333 which is non-bailable. “Before we could understand, the court sent him on judicial custody of 14 days. This all happened within minutes as everything was prepared and planned. We were shocked to see it,” said Dr. Salim Sheikh, younger brother of Bilal Sheikh.

Only on Monday noted civil rights activist Shabnam Hashmi of Anhad and Dr. Salim had met Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chauhan seeking justice for Bilal. They had demanded action against the guilty policemen who brutally beaten Bilal for a minor offence two weeks back.

“This is the reality of Modern India. It is a crime to have a Muslim name. It is crime to be born in a Muslim family. While highly communal Police officers are roaming freely. Bilal who came out of ICU 2 days ago is being sent to jail,” she said. ... im+News%29
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Unread postby ghulam muhammed on Sat May 19, 2012 3:02 pm

Khaki brutality on Bilal: Maha CM urged to take action against police

“This isn't the first time a Muslim has been first assaulted and then implicated in a false case by the Maharashtra police. Severe indictments by judicial commissions headed by judges of the stature of Justice D P Madon and Justice B N Srikrishna, detailing the anti-Muslim mindset of the Maharashtra police, seem to have had no effect on their conduct. Unless their political masters make it known that such conduct will be punished, the police is unlikely to change.”

“We demand that the constables be suspended and an inquiry be held into the entire episode,” they said in the letter whose copy has also been sent to Home Minister of Maharashtra, National Human Rights Commission and National Commission for Minorities. ... olice.html
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Unread postby ghulam muhammed on Thu May 31, 2012 3:59 pm

Indian Muslim leaders will approach International human rights bodies

New Delhi: Shocked with the nonstop arrest of Muslim young boys from here and there apparently in connection with terror cases and disappointed by the cold attitude of central and state governments towards the grievances of the victim families and the community, Indian Muslim leaders are now planning to approach international human rights bodies as they say all these detentions/arrests are illegal and brazenly violate human rights enshrined in Indian laws and constitution.

The community leaders elaborately discussed such incidents happened in last 10 years. An unknown figure of youths was picked, detained, hundreds prosecuted, and dozens have got acquitted in terror cases. According to Dr Tasleem Rahmani, president, Muslim Political Council of India, who also attended the meeting, it was decided to prepare a comprehensive document comprising details of all disappearances, detentions, arrests, and acquittals and then approach international human rights bodies.

“The Muslim community is pained to see this continuing saga which has earlier seen Journalist Kazmi’s arrest while seemingly there is no evidence against him. We request you to kindly look into the above two matters on an urgent basis in order to offer some solace to the families of these victims who have fell foul of the security agencies’ultra vigilance where victims are picked up on mere suspicion without any real, hard and tangible proof and thereafter they are kept under illegal detention while the agencies try to somehow obtain some incriminating “evidence” or secure their forced confession via torture which is illegal and against India’s international obligations,” the memorandum reads. ... im+News%29
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Unread postby ghulam muhammed on Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:11 pm

36 % of Maharashtra’s prisoners are Muslims

MLC Pasha Patel often jokes that if the number of Muslim prison inmates in Maharashtra keep increasing at the current pace, every jail will soon have an Eidgah. Patel's black humour may be a bit exaggerated, but it cannot be denied that the number of Muslims in jail is highly disproportionate to their population.

Commissioned by the State Minorities Commission as a follow-up to the Sachar Committee report which lamented that "in Maharashtra Muslims account for 10.6% (2001 survey) of the general population, yet they comprise 32.4 % of the prison population" (the current prison population is 36%), the report is being hotly debated among government officials.

Based on interviews with 339 Muslim inmates in 15 prisons, the TISS report unfortunately does not address the oft-raised question of alleged discrimination against Muslim offenders at the time of registering the case. "Our team's questions were first approved by the jail authorities," says Raghvan. "They deleted the questions related to alleged torture and discrimination by the police," says the source.

Raghvan says that 75.5% of the respondents were arrested for the first time and 24.5% were repeat arrestees. "This shows that majority of the respondents were not career criminals," "We found that over 30% of the prisoners were not allowed to talk to their relatives at the time of arrest. This violates the rights of an accused."

Sajid, a prison inmate with a criminal record, told the researchers: "I am trying to make a new beginning. Every time I start some work, the police arrest me on some charge or the other. They also demand money from me. Those who can pay are set free. The police are very powerful and can do anything."
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Unread postby ghulam muhammed on Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:13 pm

Terror Trial: Biased media communalizing the society, damaging the nation

‘Pune Jail me ek aatanki dher’ (One terrorist was killed in Pune jail), cried in celebratory mode this headline of a national TV news channel on the afternoon of 8th June. An accused whose charge-sheet was not yet filed by the police even after six months of custody was unanimously declared a terrorist by the national media. Next day the largest selling English newspaper of the nation Times of India describing the murder of Mohammad Qateel Siddiqui wrote: “The 27-year-old “TERRORIST” was believed to be a close associate of Yasin Bhatkal, the main suspect in a string of terror attacks, including the German Bakery blast. Bhatkal is yet to be arrested.”

After such description of an accused what will be the reaction of readers could be expected. There was a barrage of celebratory comments on the web page of the English daily among more than 280 comments that the news story received. Reacting on this news item one reader said: “Natural justice done. These gangsters are true patriotic Indians who eliminated this terrorist.” Another wrote: “Put all the culprits and terrorists there... issues will be resolved on their own.” Some similar celebratory comments were: “Whoever did it, they have done a very good service to the nation”; “Well done jail mates for killing an Islamic terrorist”; “Good job whoever did it. Thanks to that hero. He should be given Bharat Ratna. Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Subhash Chander Bose kind of desh bhakts got us freedom”; “Good, this is the answer to Congress govt .....public should on the spot, in the court in jail. jab tak terrorist ke man mein dahshat nahi hoga ye terrerism khatm nahi ho sakta.”

Undoubtedly these reactions are the outcome of the poisonous reporting and presenting an accused like a real terrorist by the national print and electronic media. The largest selling English daily declared “TERRORIST” a suspect who was only an accused and charges against him were yet to be fixed, whose trial had not started, who was yet to be declared an offender by the court. The Police had caught him on the basis of suspicion, but media declared him a “terrorist” and he was given a capital punishment by criminals in the most protected place.

The delay in filing the charge-sheet of Qateel by police raises some serious doubts that there was no concrete proof against the accused, so he was eliminated. An accused whose house has no proper roof, whose 10 member family was living in one rented room near a gutter in Nabi Karim was declared an Indian Mujahideen operative and killed in high-security Pune jail. Whatever may be the motive behind the murder of Qateel in the high security jail, the partial reporting of terror arrests and malicious description of suspects and accused also played a role in his suspicious murder.

In normal cases our national media, print or electronic, never believes in the story of police and intelligence agencies but when it comes to Muslim terror suspects the same media becomes an amplifier of the Police and intelligence agencies and not only believes in their version of stories but put a lot of spice in the story and forward them in the direction fixed by the Police. There is no cross questioning, no anti thesis, no visit to the homes of the suspects to put things objectively, rather Police version of the story is taken as the most authentic source of information and believed with 100% certainty.

In 2007 when Bangalore based Dr Haneef was arrested for questioning in a terror case in Australia the whole Indian media was trying to gather evidences to prove him guilty while the Australian media was criticizing Australian government for the illegal detention of Haneef. When they didn't find any proof, Australian government officially apologized to Dr. Haneef, gave him a good compensation and even offered citizenship of the country. There was a complete blackout by Indian media of the news about the remedy steps by Australian government.

In June 2002, when the police raided the house of Delhi-based Kashmiri journalist Iftikhar Gilani he was in his house at Malvia Nagar. Outside his home the NDTV reporter Neeta Sharma was telling the world that sensing the raid of police the suspected journalist ran away while the fact was that Iftikhar Gilani was talking with police and at the same time watching Neeta Sharma reporting about his escape.

No doubt the media is no more a mission now, it has turned into a corporate and business but even business has some ethics. Insensitive journalism and irresponsible reporting not only destroy a family, defame a community but also communalise the society. ... im+News%29
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Unread postby ghulam muhammed on Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:13 pm

TISS report points to anti-Muslim bias of police

A report on Muslim prisoners in Maharashtra jails by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) establishes that most of them do not have connections with criminal gangs, and points to an acute bias of the police for arresting them in some cases only because they belong to a particular community.

A Study of the Socio Economic Profile and Rehabilitation Needs of Muslim Community in Prisons in Maharashtra, 2011, by Dr. Vijay Raghavan and Roshni Nair from the Centre for Criminology and Justice School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), states that 96 per cent of the respondents have not been held under preventive detention charges, thus indicating that they are not viewed as a threat to law and order.

About 25.4 per cent of those imprisoned don’t have lawyers to represent them in their cases.

An agent in textile export, Murtuza, arrested under the Official Secrets Act on charges of spying, says in his interview to the research team: “There are two types of laws in this country. One is for Hindus and the other is for Muslims. The policeman is first a Hindu and then a policeman. The judge is first a Hindu and then a judge and the lawyer is first a Hindu then a lawyer. People who work against the State, indulge in rioting, kill thousands of innocent people, and harass women and children roam free in this country. They are not punished. I am suffering only because I am a Muslim.”

Another prisoner Moiz says that “every time he tries to start life afresh, the police arrest him in some false case. They also demand money from criminals and those who can pay are set free. The poor are victimised. The police are very powerful and can do anything.”

The percentage of Muslims in jails is also a high 36 per cent, says Dr. Raghavan, quoting recent official figures. Along with Gujarat and Kerala, Maharashtra is one of the States with the most disproportionate number of Muslims in prisons. ... 563333.ece
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Unread postby ghulam muhammed on Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:29 pm

Public Meeting on politics of terror on 9th July in Delhi

New Delhi: Eminent personalities from different walks of life are organizing a public meeting to raise awareness against targeting of Muslims in the name of terror probes. The meeting entitled "Politics of Terror: Targeting the Muslim Youth" will be held at 3 pm on 9th July at Deputy Speaker's Hall, Constitution Club in New Delhi.

“Citizens concerned about the increasing intolerance and authoritarianism of the Indian state where the minorities no longer feel safe in their own homes have decided to come together to organise a Public Meeting to raise a voice against injustice and what amounts to state terror,” reads a statement from the organizers.

There is rising concern across the country about the large scale arrests and harassment of Muslim youth by the security forces of the state. Young men are being picked up without explanation, taken into police custody, beaten and tortured and eventually thrown into jail awaiting trial for years on end. Several have died in custody, the latest case being of Qateel Siddiqui who died in mysterious circumstances in the Yerwada Jail, Pune. He was arrested last November and killed in a high security prison for a case in which his complicity had still not been established. There has been silence about the disappearance of Fasih Mahmood, the engineer picked up in Saudi Arabia on 13th May. Except for denying any knowledge of his whereabouts, there has been no response from the UPA government about efforts to trace an Indian citizen whose family is now running from pillar to post in search of Justice.

The meeting is expected to be addressed by Mulayam Singh Yadav (Samajwadi Party's Chief), AB Bardhan (General Secretary, CPI) HD Devegowda (Former PM and Chief, JD-Secular), Sharad Yadav (Chief, JD-U), Prakash Karat (General Secretary, CPM), D.Raja (MP-CPI), Gurudas Das Gupta (Veteran Trade Union Leader) , Mani Shankar Iyer (Senior Congressman and former Diplomat) , Hanumant Rao (MP and General Secretary, AICC), Ram Vilas Paswan (Chief, Lok Janshakti Party) and senior representatives of civil society organisations.

Eminent people supporting the program are:

Mohammed Adeeb, MP, Rajya Sabha
Seema Mustafa, Senior Journalist
Prof.Anuradha Chenoy,JNU
Ajeet Sahi, Journalist
Iqbal Ahmad, Journalist
Ameeque Jamei, Activist ... im+News%29
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Unread postby ghulam muhammed on Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:51 pm

Terror cases against Muslims

Over the last 11 years, hundreds of Muslims arrested on charges of terrorism across India have been declared by courts to be innocent of the allegations.

In many cases, judges have openly castigated the police for framing the accused and fabricating evidence against them. In Maharashtra and Gujarat, several policemen face trials for killing innocent Muslim men and falsely claiming that they were terrorists.


Once an accused is arrested on charges of terrorism, he/she is typically booked under laws such as the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Section 124(a) of the Indian Penal Code, which makes it an offense to spread disaffection.

Thereafter, nearly every case takes the following route. The accused is --
• Never allowed bail even if the trial doesn't start for years
• Implicated in many other cases, including past and even future cases
• Implicated in cases across various states
• Acquitted of the charges that are never proved
• Continues to be in jail in other cases
• Is finally acquitted in all cases only after many years

Despite the grave miscarriage of justice evident from the above, the criminal jurisprudence process initiates no criminal suit against the guilty policemen even in cases where the judges clearly rule that the police framed the accused.

Moreover, no compensation is ever offered to the accused compounding their utter humiliation on top of the suffering and the misery of years. ... im+News%29
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Unread postby ghulam muhammed on Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:55 pm

Terror witch-hunt: What about the families?

The pattern in all terror arrests in India is the same- policemen in plain-clothes come in unmarked car to pick-up the person of interest that can only be called kidnapping, families find out about this “arrest” days later from media reports, in many cases families have never been officially informed about these arrests. But the challenge for them is what to do once they found about the arrest.

Hasan Aziz Aamir was in Delhi when his brother Khomaini went missing. He found out about the arrest from news reports. Not knowing what to do, he called a meeting of his friends and most of them advised him to go back to Dubai. A sleepless night later, he decided that his running away will be disastrous for not only his brother but also for others striving to prove their innocence accused in terrorism cases.

During his student days Aamir was vice-president of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Students’ Union and also member of the AMU court. “With a background like that if I had come back to Dubai next day this would have affected not only my brother but the whole community as well,” he told me in May in Dubai.

It is really unfortunate that arresting in terror-related cases is going on but Muslim organizations have not done anything in this regard. They are yet to meet the Prime Minister, the Home Minister, or other officers.

Our system is flawed and therefore many people and their families suffer for years trying to prove their innocence. During these years they get harassed by police, taken advantage by lawyers, and shunned by society. We need a legal cell that protects not only Muslims but other disadvantaged as well.

Innocents are getting picked-up and then multiple charges are filed against each of the accused that takes years for the accused before he can get acquitted. This is not possible without the political support from the Central Government. I hold Congress Government responsible for this.

Even with my educational, political, and professional background, I was at a loss when I heard of my brother’s arrest. Just imagine what will be the condition of people with low educational and economic background.

When I went to see my brother at Delhi Police Special Cell Office, I met one poor person who had come to see his arrested brother after paying Rs. 5000 to his advocate. Even though this visit should have been for free but lawyer was charging him money to arrange for what should be his right.

Families have to go through a lot after the arrest. In many instances these youth are the sole bread-winners of the family so arresting also means a huge economic blow to families that are already poor.

Let the courts decide if the arrestee is innocent or guilty but why make families suffer as well? Some organizations should come forward to take care of the family’s well-being. We all are responsible to make sure the families of in custody and under-trials have roof over their head and food to survive. When years later these terror-accused are acquitted of all false charges they see that their whole world has come crashing down, then we have doubly punished this person for no fault of his.

I request all media to avoid publishing unverified claims regarding terrorism cases. They should also talk to families and present their stories. They should realize that their news affects individuals, families, community, and country so they should be careful before publishing anything. Media should also highlight news of acquittals and the reasons for it. ... ilies.html
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Unread postby ghulam muhammed on Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:53 pm

SC admits plea for compensation to Muslim youths, fresh probe of terror blasts

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India on Monday admitted a petition of Jamiat Ulema-I-Hind seeking judicial probe of all terror blasts since 2002 and compensation to the innocent Muslim youths who were implicated in those cases, put behind bars for several years but later acquitted by courts.

“Since the beginning, we have been saying that Muslims are not behind these blasts. Government agencies continuously blamed Muslims. They said Muslims make bombs, they plant and execute bombs. Last year Congress leadership admitted that saffron terror groups are behind those blasts. NIA has found saffron hands behinds blasts in Ajmer Dargah, Malegaon, Samjhauta Express and Mecca Masjid,” said Maulana Madani.

“We demand that NIA should probe all other terror blasts and serial blasts of Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad. We believe Muslims are not behind these blasts,” he said.

Jamiat’s counsel Amarendra Saran reportedly told the apex court that its intervention would go a long way in assuaging the feelings of the community. He said a number of Muslim youths were detained for Malegaon blasts in 2006 and 2008 by Maharashtra ATS. They were, however, let off later as they were found innocent by the National Investigation Agency. ... im+News%29
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Unread postby ghulam muhammed on Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:57 pm

Did Someone Say Dirty Tricks?

The randomness of death that terror brings strikes cold fear in all of us. The policing that follows terror attacks, held up to close scrutiny, might well evoke cold fear of another sort—of needless ensnarement in the pitiless labyrinth of a terror investigation, with interrogation, torture, confinement and, worst of all, a name to live down.

Most of the time, the journey from arrest to trial is incomprehensible to the larger public. A close study of terror arrests is rare. Now, at a time when fresh arrests are being made in Karnataka, comes a detailed report that is an eye-opener. Titled ‘Framed, Damned, Acquitted: Dossiers of a Very Special Cell’, the 200-page report brought out by the Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association documents 16 cases in which people arrested mainly by Delhi police’s special cell as operatives of terrorist groups like Al Badr, HUJI and LeT were later acquitted by the courts. The report shuns the usual rhetoric associated with activists. It’s a spare but revealing account, drawing chiefly on court documents, a sad testimonial to lives destroyed. What is worrying is that it exposes not police ham-handedness but deliberate planting of evidence, followed by claims that a case has been cracked

“Courts have clearly indicted the special cell for setting up innocents, violating due process, concocting evidence... (they have) ordered a CBI probe against the cell and directed the filing of FIRs and initiation of departmental inquiries. Yet, not a single officer in the operations described here has suffered any consequence. Instead, they get promotions and gallantry awards.”

But what of the lives destroyed? Many of the “dreaded terrorists” were possibly just people with the wrong name at the wrong place at the wrong time. Once an individual gets sucked into the terror dragnet, getting out can be a struggle and the stories of the arrests, the police case and how it fell apart after years, they are all documented. Even well-connected individuals like journalist Kazmi have discovered how hard it is.

The individual stories in the JTSA report, which is yet to be released, are sad pointers to the enormous deformities in our system. This is an issue on which liberal activists and traditional Muslim groups have begun to campaign. On August 28, the Supreme Court admitted a petition of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind seeking a judicial probe of all terror blasts since 2002 and compensation for innocent Muslim youths implicated, put behind bars for several years but later acquitted by courts.

Shamed, Acquitted

Cases of ‘terror’ arrests that ended in acquittal, from the JTSA report

•Arrested in 1992 Tanveer Ahmed, Shakil Ahmed, Ishtiaq Akhtar Dar, Mohd Akhtar Dar and others Years in jail 10
•1996 Farooq Ahmed Khan, others Years in jail 4
•1997 Mohd Amir Khan Years in jail 14
•2002 Khongbantbum Brojen Singh Years in jail 7
•2004 Mohd Iftekar Ahsan Malik, Maulana Dilawar Khan and others Years in jail 6
•2004 Irshad Ahmed Malik Years in jail 6
•2004 Ayaz Ahmed Shah Years in jail 5
•2005 Saqib Rehman, Bashir Ahmed Shah, Nazir Ahmed Sofi and others Years in jail 6
•2005 Khurshid Ahmad Bhatt Years in jail 6
•2006 Salman Khurshid Kori Years in jail 5
•2006 Maurif Qamar and Mohd Irshad Ali Years in jail 5
•2006 Gulzar Ganai, Mohd Amin Hajam Years in jail 3
•2006 Tariq Dar 3 months
•2006 Imran Ahmed Years in jail 5
•2007 Mohd Mukhtar Ahmed Khan Years in jail 5
•2008 Mohd Iqbal alias Abdur Rehman Years in jail 3
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Unread postby ghulam muhammed on Sat May 04, 2013 5:14 pm

Will the biases about terrorists remain permanent?

Ram Puniyani

We have witnessed number of acts of terror in India, during last two decades. While those involved in the acts of terror have been coming from individuals of different religions, the net outcome of the actions of investigation
agencies and police has been to arrest Muslim youth, to put charges against them and in most cases to release them after the charges are not proved on any ground. This pattern had a ‘mini-break’ for sometime after the Malegaon blast
of 2008. The professional, unbiased and meticulous investigation of the Malegaon blast by the then chief of Maharashtra ATS, Hemant Karkare came as a big step in getting to the terrorists. Due to this; starting from Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Swami Dayanand Pandey, Swami Aseemanand and many others belonging to the ideology of Hindutva nationalism are currently cooling their heels in the jails. Investigations into Malegaon and many other blasts are showing the imprint of these Hindutva groups and people. One thought that this major breakthrough into acts of investigation will change the mind set of police authorities and they will overcome their biases and do a more professional job in investigation into the acts of terror.

Alas that was not to be and guided by Pavlovian reflex, in a knee jerk fashion, police continues to repeat its pattern of giving statements immediately after the acts of terror in which the organizations like Indian Mujahedeen. Lashkar and others continue to be being named without a thorough probe. This is followed by the usual arrests and framing them. Recently first in the case of Hyderabad twin blasts on 21 February 2013 in which 17 people died and over hindered were injured. These bombs were kept on a bicycle and Indian Mujahideen were blamed for this dastardly act. Later in Bangalore on 17th April a bomb exploded 300 meters from the BJP office. For this blast a motorcycle was used. In this blast around 16 people were injured. It was propagated that the blast took place near BJP office! As usual Indian Mujahedeen were blamed. In this blast again there was an additional factor about propaganda that blast took place near BJP office, when in reality the blast was 300 meters away from the spot. Congress spokesperson Shakil Ahmad said that this blast and the propaganda of its being near BJP office will benefit BJP in the forthcoming elections, while another Congress spokesperson and BJP countered the statement of Shakil Ahmad.

In Bangalore blast, the preceding incidents are very disturbing and revealing. Just ten days before the Bangalore blast, on sixth April in Kannur (Kerala) a blast took place from the motorcycle and RSS swayamsevak A. V. Dileep Kumar who was carrying four kilograms of explosives died. One recalls that the RSS associates also got killed in blasts in Nanded, Kanpur and many other places. This Kannur incident was underplayed and not much is known about the investigation so far as such. It is interesting that police authorities who immediately named Indian Mujahidin have been totally silent on the Hindutva connection of probable terrorists, as by now the nation knows the involvement of Hindutva groups in many acts of terror. The real loser of these biases held by authorities and common people is the country as a whole. The real reason being that if we don’t nab the real culprits and remain trapped in the usual prejudices and biases, the real culprits will continue to carry on their nefarious work over and over again.

As such apart from other things on this trend of Muslim youth being arrested a good amount of documentation and people’s investigation has been done by various human rights groups. ANHAD held a people’s tribunal and published it report, ‘Scapegoats and Holy Cows’. Lately a significant report by Jamia Teachers Solidarity Association led by Manisha Sethi has published 'Framed, Damned, and Acquitted’. This report in a analytic way tells us the stereotypical manner of police investigation and actions and the plight of those who were arrested particularly by the Delhi Police Special Cell on charges of these youth being part of terrorist outfits. In most of these cases they were acquitted by courts. This report as such should have created awareness about the police methods and a pressure on police to mend its ways. The report also points that the biased atmosphere has been created as media is publishing the police version uncritically. This is in contrast to the journalistic ethics where the official versions have to be checked, cross checked and examined critically before publishing them. The human rights groups also have been struggling for getting compensation to these victims in good measure but to no avail so far. And then the question comes up as to what about the police officers who are guilty of these acts of wrongful investigation and implicating innocent youth, ruining their life in a serious way? Should they not be punished?

The pattern of police reporting is also very stereotypical and needs to be seriously criticized. The question is what the senior leadership is doing in the face of findings of these reports. Is it not important for the policy makers to take cognizance of such important reports and respond to them in the form of policy change for the investigation authorities? Amongst others another human rights group, Rihai Manch from Uttar Pradesh is also campaigning on this issue and trying to get the innocent youth released. UP Government had appointed a Nimesh Commission to investigate these cases, but for reasons known to itself the government is not releasing the report and is doing some patch work here and there.

While UP Government is dodging over the issue of implicating the Muslim youth, one of its ministers is having the taste of these biases in United States, where he was detained at Boston. While he is blaming Indian External Affairs Minister for this, he is forgetting that these biases against Muslims are equally widespread and before him, people of the stature of ex President Abdul Kalam and the celebrity like Shah Rukh Khan have faced similar situations. Is it not an indication enough for the UP minister to set his own house in order as for as the implication of Muslim youth in acts of terror are concerned. The real worrying point of all these incidents is the way biases against Muslims are becoming rooted more and more. What efforts are needed to counter this stereotypical nature of understanding security agencies and perceptions at popular level needs a serious course correction on urgent basis.

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Re: Muslims & The Men In Khakhi - (No) Crime & Pinishment.

Unread postby ghulam muhammed on Wed May 22, 2013 4:19 pm

Secret Files prove what Muslims have suspected all along: the State is knowingly prosecuting the innocent on terror charges.

Gulail unearths internal documents from more than half a dozen anti-terror agencies that show that the State has been knowingly prosecuting innocent Muslims for terror cases and keeping the evidence of their innocence from the courts.

Gulail investigated three terror cases—the 7/11 train blasts, the Pune German Bakery Blast and the 2006 Malegaon Blasts—and found that twenty one Muslims were tortoured, humiliated and sent for trial on the basis of bogus evidence. Later when the incontrovertible evidence emerged of their innocence it was either brushed aside or tailored to mislead the courts.

In the Pune German Bakery Case the accused Himayat Baig has even been sentenced to death. And another accused, Qatil Siddiqui, whose testimony could have proved his innocence was murdered in a high security prison. In the 2006 Malegaon Blasts case, even after the arrestof a set of Hindutava radicals, the NIA has still not exonerated the original set of innocent Muslims nor has it taken any action against those police officers who had planted explosives in the premises of the innocent accused. The Maharashtra Government has persisted with prosecuting thirteen innocent Muslims for the 2006 train blasts even after evidence surfaced of their innocence.
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Unread postby ghulam muhammed on Wed May 22, 2013 4:31 pm

The Squad’s Fall Guys

The Maharashtra ATS persists with the prosecution of 13 innocent Muslims by keeping the evidence of their innocence from the court. Ashish Khetan exposes a sinister conspiracy of the men in uniform.

In the name of combating terror, the Mumbai police and its specialized anti-terror squad (the ATS), tortured, humiliated and stripped at least twenty innocent Muslims of all their basic human rights. Their right to live with dignity, their right to be a Muslim, their right to earn an honest living—was mercilessly taken away in one fell swoop.

Waterboarding, administration of chemicals through veins and anus, giving electric shock to their private parts, sleep deprivation, threat of raping family members were among some of the techniques of coercion that were applied to extract false confessions.

In the course of its investigations Gulail is putting out internal documents running into hundreds of pages that exposes how the anti-terror agencies deliberately misled the Indian Courts, how material facts are being concealed from both the public and the judiciary and how different versions of the same terror plot are touted before different courts. Our expose establishes how the Maharashtra ATS selectively picked and chose from the revelations made in a subsequent terror investigation. These documents reveal how one version of a terror conspiracy was circulated for the internal consumption of the agencies and another for the judiciary.

This investigation by Gulail exposes the false implication of innocent and disempowered Muslims in crimes they never committed. It lays bare the sinister and elaborate conspiracy of the Maharashtra ATS of manufacturing bogus evidence, planting explosives in the houses of innocent accused and dressing up stoolpigeons as eyewitnesses.

It shows that the Maharashtra ATS’s investigation was guided by a deep rooted and extreme prejudice against the Muslims.

Gulail is putting out in the public domain the testimonies of unspeakable torture and humiliation of members of the minority community at the hands of the ATS. These Muslims were tortured to extract false confessions of their involvement in the train blast case. Under the draconian law of MCOCA, confessions made before the police are admissible in court. As soon as these accused were sent to judicial custody, they all retracted their confessions, exposing the coercive tactics of the ATS.

All this material amounts to compelling evidence of the deliberate faking of evidence as well as the most inhuman torture of innocent Muslims in police custody to pervert the course of justice. We hope that these revelations would shock the conscience of those occupying the highest echelons in the judiciary and the government.

In keeping with its promise of fighting against injustice and inequities not only in the public space but also in the courts, Gulail has filed a letter petition in the Bombay High Court and before statutory bodies like the National Human Rights Commission and the National Minorities Commission.

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Unread postby ghulam muhammed on Sat May 25, 2013 4:30 pm

2006 Malegaon blasts: Probe against Maha ATS, CBI officials likely

New Delhi: Maharashtra's elite Anti-terror Squad and CBI officials, who probed the 2006 Malegaon blasts, may have to face probe as the Centre has taken a serious view of allegations that nine Muslim youths were framed with malafide intentions. ... 50689.html
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