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All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLA Imtiaz Jaleel on Tuesday asked the Maharashtra government to release “innocent people languishing in jails for years.”
Referring to the youths from Malegaon who have been behind bars on terror charges, Jaleel, who represents Aurangabad constituency, said they should be punished if they are guilty.
“Why are the youths are being made to suffer simply because the investigating agencies namely the NIA and Maharashtra ATS contradicting each other,” he told the Legislative Assembly.
“Even Col Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya (both accused in 2006 Malegaon bomb blasts case) should be released if the investigating agencies have no proof against them,” Jaleel said, participating in the supplementary demands discussion on home department and higher education.
He also demanded increase in the perks of policemen who get only Rs 68 if they work on off days. He also demanded that police stations should be well-equipped so that they can efficiently handle the issues concerning public.
He said the newly-inaugurated police station at Harsul in Aurangabad has tin sheds for constables who deal directly with the public.
The anti-corruption bureau should send decoys to check on corruption instead of waiting for people to come with complaints, he said.
The ‘trafficop’ project that was started in Pune was discontinued because it was curbing corruption that is rampant in the traffic and RTO department, he said.
He also wanted the police to be tech-savvy so that they could handle the crimes being committed on social media.
“Ours being a communally sensitive society (even) a small clip on Whatsapp is enough to incite riots,” he told the House. He also reiterated the demand for shutting down all liquor shops, specially those around slums where mostly Muslims and Dalits live.
“The chief minister should otherwise put a board with his photograph outside liquor shops with a caption that consuming liquor is good for health,” he said.
Jaleel also demanded setting up of the branch of Aligarh Muslim University at Khuldabad near Aurangabad.
“We wanted Indian Institute of Management in Aurangabad but that has been taken to Nagpur by the chief minister, so at least give Marathwada the branch of Aligarh Muslim University if the government is serious to develop all regions,” he said.