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‘Illegal detention’ by ATS ‘terrorising’ Muslim youths: Pawar

The Rajya Sabha MP claimed that there have been several instances where youths were picked up by the investigation agency on grounds of suspicion and were detained illegally.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published: August 30, 2016 7:58 pm
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NCP president Sharad Pawar today accused the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of “terrorising” youths of the minority community by “illegally detaining” them on mere suspicion of being associated to banned Muslim outfits.

“A 28-member delegation representing various Muslim organisations met me recently and complained that the ATS is terrorising Muslim youths in the name of ISIS and other banned organisations. This delegation strongly condemned ISIS and said the youths of their community would never support their activities,” Pawar told reporters here.

The Rajya Sabha MP claimed that there have been several instances, especially in Marathwada, where youths have been picked up by the investigation agency on grounds of suspicion and were detained illegally.

“According to the law, an arrested person has to be presented before a magistrate within 24 hours. But there have been cases where even after 120 hours the detained persons are kept in some isolated location and not let out. The government needs to take serious cognisance of this,” the former Maharashtra chief minister said.

If youth are arrested, they should be immediately presented before a magistrate, there should be an immediate chargesheet and they should be tried in a fast track court, he said.

“A criminal has no caste or creed. A particular community should not be labelled (as criminal),” he said.

Commenting upon the government’s proposed internal security law, Pawar said these (the BJP) are the same people who took a moral high ground against the Emergency imposed in 1975 by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

“The government has changed and so the system of making law, it seems. The thumb rule has been that the CM and his Council of Ministers decide to make a particular law and ask his Secretary to frame it. Here it is reverse,” he said, referring to Additional Chief Secretary (Home) K P Bakshi’s contention that the proposed law had been made at the secretarial level and there were no discussions at the ministerial level.

“This is a new Emergency-like situation the government wants to impose on the people. The time is not far when the government will have to bear what we bore in 1977 post-Emergency,” Pawar said.

The Maratha strongman also announced that NCP MP Tariq Anwar will represent the party in the all-party delegation that is set to visit Jammu and Kashmir to resolve the impasse in the Valley.

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    Firoz Alam
    Aug 30, 2016 at 3:57 pm
    What proof does society want from Muslim community for their innocence ? They do not pour outrage when an innocent Muslim youth gets falsely framed under different laws of the land. They do not pour outrage when a Muslim get lynched for possession of beaf. No much outrage when a communal riot takes place. Several riots took place since independence causing severe damage to life and property of the community. But what happens ? The news appear on newspapers and gets vanished after a few days. That is the story of the community, this is the way they are living amid threat and intimidation. Seldom they are seen protesting for their rights, seldom they are seen protesting against atrocities against them despite being the second largest community of the country.
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      FrankOpinion
      Aug 30, 2016 at 4:56 pm
      Calm down Mulla - Sharad Pawar is trying to divert attention from the irrigation scam
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        Yadubhanu
        Sep 1, 2016 at 5:34 am
        Are you sure all the muslims arrested are innocent ? May be 90% of muslims are innocent but the truth is 90% of terrorists are muslims. All over the world mive destruction iz being caused in the name of Islam
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          Yadubhanu
          Sep 1, 2016 at 5:31 am
          Scoundralous and disgusting politicics of. a rich moron who too wants to become PM.
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