Linking Anti-CAA Protests with Violence is Dangerous and Condemnable: Jamaat-e-Islami Chief

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Syed Sadatullah Hussaini, President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, speaking at a press conference in New Delhi on Saturday in New Delhi.

Syed Sadatullah Hussaini urged the media to focus on the violence and not link it to protests

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NEW DELHI — Syed Sadatullah Hussaini, President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), addressing the media here on Saturday expressed his concerns over the efforts to link Delhi violence, in which more than 52 persons lost their lives, mostly Muslims, around two week ago, with anti CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh and elsewhere, terming it highly dangerous and condemnable.

He, along with senior Jamaat officials, was speaking at Jamaat’s monthly press conference at it headquarters in New Delhi.

On being asked if the Shaheen Bagh protests should be discontinued as it has led to violence, Sadatullah Hussaini reacted sharply: “It is very dangerous and condemnable to link protests with violence. Dissent, disagreement and peaceful protests are a sign of a healthy democracy and linking it with violence is not correct. Managing the protests is the job of law enforcement agencies but the violence that was perpetrated in North East Delhi is highly detestable and a much bigger issue.”

Regarding Shaheen Bagh protest, he said, right now the courts are seized of the matter so one should not comment on its legality.

“We request the media to focus on the violence and not link it to protests,” said jamaat chief.

On being asked about whom was behind the riots, the JIH chief said: “It is the job of the police to find who was behind the violence but everyone knows who is peddling the ideology of hate and polarizing society. The provocative speeches by some politicians sparked the violence. But the role of the police as can be seen in various videos and reports has been very disturbing.”

When asked what could be the motive behind the violence, Jamaat chief said: “To suppress voices being raised against government and communalization of society for electoral gains could be the motives.”

On the question of upcoming NPR, Syed Sadatullah said: “NPR is linked to NRC which is highly divisive for the nation. Hence we urge people to avoid participating in the NPR exercise.”

Sadatullah Hussaini also expressed shock over the govt’s decision to put ban on two Malayalam channels. He said: “We condemn the ban of Media-One and Asianet. The government failed to act on channels that spout hate but banned those who reported without fear and favor. It shows that the government wants to control the media narrative and it is a dangerous trend that must be resisted.”

Shocking and shameful

On the role of the PM and the CM of Delhi in the aftermath of Delhi violence, the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind chief said: “Over 50 people have been killed and hundreds injured and hundreds of homes, shops were looted and torched and thousands of people became homeless. This all happened just a few kilometers from the PMO. It is very shocking and shameful that Prime Minister and Chief Minister are not yet visiting the affected people. This is the minimum humanitarian level that is expected.”

Jamaat leaders lauded the fact that in many cases, members of the Hindu community saved the lives of Muslims and vice versa. “This also endorses the opinion that it was not a local riot but orchestrated and executed by outsider.”

PM Must Announce Rs 1000 Crore for Rehabilitation of Victims

Jamaat has made the following demands:

* Enquiry under the Delhi Minorities Commission

* Immediate arrest of politicians responsible for provoking violence

* PM must visit relief camps

* PM must announce Rs 100 crore as ex-gratia for relief camps and Rs 1000 crore for rehabilitation of the victims

* Delhi Police should release list of those detained/arrested

* Delhi Police must take action against their own officers for indulging in atrocities on innocent citizens.

Relief work

The Vice President of Jamaat, Muhammad Salim Engineer briefed the media about the riots and the relief and rehabilitation efforts.

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has been visiting the riot-affected from day one and trying to help the needy by providing emergency relief. Jamaat has set up a control center to coordinate its relief activities that are being headed by JIH National Secretary – Mohammed Ahmed.

Some of the major activities include carrying out a survey and assessing the scale of damage, helping the victims to complete the documentation required for claiming the government-announced benefits and psychological counseling of the victims.

Jamaat will establish a temporary hospital at our control center for those who require medical attention.

Jamaat is also helping in the work of registering FIRs and legal prosecution. The cadres of Jamaat and its associated organizations have a team of dedicated volunteers including women and girls who are playing an active role in all our efforts.

Jamaat has distributed thousands of food kits and cooked food packets among victims. The volunteers rescued 30 injured persons and got them admitted at Al Shifa hospital, run by sister organization of Jamaat in Jamia Nagar in South Delhi. Most of them were treated free of cost.

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