The poor victim families handed over a memorandum to the district authorities detailing the way their breadwinners were picked by the police and later NSA was slapped on them.
LUCKNOW: A high-level delegation of rights group Rihai Manch met the District Magistrate and Police Superintendent of Bahraich district with families of the five Muslim men languishing in the jail under NSA (National Security Act) for seven months.
The Rihai Manch delegation that met Bahraich district administration included Adv. Mohammad Shoaib, President, Rihai Manch; S.R. Darapuri, former IG, Uttar Pradesh; Rajeev Yadav, General Secretary, Rihai Manch; Journalist Salim Siddiqi, Zaid Ahmed Farooqi, Srijanyogi Adiyogi and Virendra Gupta.
The poor victim families handed over a memorandum to the district authorities detailing the way their breadwinners were picked by the police and later NSA was slapped on them. They include a rickshaw-puller and a brick kiln laborer.
On 2nd December 2017, following the communal tension during the Eid Milad procession in Nanpara area of Bahraich district, several people from the minority community were arrested – five of them were later slapped with NSA and they have since been in the jail.
A delegation of Rihai Manch under the leadership of eminent rights activist and its general secretary Rajeev Yadav had met their families and villagers last month to find out the truth.
“A large number of people from the Muslim community were arrested. They could not get relief from the lower court. They moved the High Court from where most of them got bail. But five people are still in jail under NSA,” said Yadav.
Those in jail under NSA are: Noor Hasan (rickshaw puller), Munna (brick kiln laborer), Aslam (bangle seller), Masood Raza (madrasa teacher) and Mohammad Arshad (student).
NSA was slapped on Noor Hasan on 19 Feb 2018, Aslam on 22 Feb, Masood Raza and two others on 29 January.
NSA period for Raza was extended for six months on 24 April and the NSA period for four others has also been extended for six months.
The Rihai Manch delegation had members of their families: Aqueela Bano (Noor Hasan’s wife), Muniran and Madaru, (Munna’s wife and brother), Shanno (Aslam’s wife) and Saleekun Nisa (Masood’s wife).
“Our delegation found that those against whom NSA invoked do not pose any threat to national security; instead their families are indeed facing threat due to their breadwinners in jail for seven months,” said Rihai Manch.
They urged the DM and SP to recommend revocation of NSA from the five poor Muslims.
In March this year, four Muslims were slapped with NSA after a minor communal clash in Barabanki also. In its fact-finding, the Rihai Manch had found that they too were from very poor families. Two weeks back, a delegation of the rights group met DM and SP of Barabanki and demanded revocation of NSA.