NEW DELHI–Prominent Muslim leaders and groups on Friday sought a judicial inquiry into police excesses in the BJP-ruled states during the ongoing anti-CAA protests. Demanding withdrawal of the new citizenship law, they warned that CAA would adversely affect India’s relations with neighbouring countries.
At a meeting called by Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind president Maulana Syed Arshad Madani at the Jamiat headquarters here, Muslim leaders expressed grave concern over the prevailing situation in the country, particularly in the BJP-ruled-states.
Besides those from the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, the Jamaat Islami Hind, the Markazi Jamiat-e- Ahle Hadees, the All India Milli Council, the All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, other prominent Muslim leaders from across the country too attended the meeting. The meeting took stock of the situation and deliberated on the new citizenship law and reviewed the ongoing movement and struggles against the law. They passed several resolutions at the meeting.
In one resolution, community leaders stated that the Amended Citizenship law was not only anti-Constitutional but also violated the pluralistic character of the country. “This law discriminates between people on the basis of their religion and directly contradicts the fundamental rights enshrined in Articles, 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution. It also contradicts the Preamble of the Constitution of India.”
The resolution noted that NRC has created turmoil and chaos in Assam and citizens were excluded from the NRC simply because there were errors in their names spellings, and documents, and warned of consequences if it is rolled out in rest of the country. “The Muslim leaders feel that NPR that has been brought in by the government is actually the first step towards the NRC exercise, and that the new NPR demands more things than the old NPR of 2010.”
“The meeting demands that the religious discrimination clause from the CAA should be removed, the NPR is either withdrawn or its additional clauses are removed.”
The meeting noted that the police brutalities and excesses on the peaceful demonstrators were committed only in the BJP-ruled states. From Assam to UP and Karnataka, more than 30 individuals and a large number people were injured in the police firing.
The resolution stated that the police also arrested hundreds of demonstrators and filed cases against them. “It is highly deplorable that without any due process of law, investigation and judicial proceeding, the shops of Muslims are being confiscated to compensate for destruction of public assets during the protests. The meeting strongly condemned these measures and actions of these BJP state governments.”
The government must institute a judicial inquiry into the incidents of police violence and excesses and stern action be taken against the police personnel involved in these incidents, it stated.
“This meeting also calls upon these (BJP-led) state governments to pay appropriate compensation to those killed and injured in police firing,” the resolution said.
The meeting also extended full moral support to the struggles launched by the Jamia Millia Islamia, Aligarh Muslim University and other students and youths against these laws and condemned the police attacks on the students in the strongest terms.
The resolution said the attack on JNU students by masked goons was a highly reprehensible and condemnable act. “It also is deplorable that the police and JNU security personnel have not only been seen as mute spectators but also helping the masked goons while they were attacking the helpless students. The meeting demands a judicial inquiry into the attacks on JNU campus and strict action against the police personnel who are found guilty.”