‘Red cards’ irk Bareilly Muslims

Rehman added that preventive measures cannot be for Muslims alone.

Written by Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Published: July 17, 2013 1:50 am

Red warning cards being handed over to Muslims by the police have irked the community in Bareilly. Terming it as a vindictive step,more than 100 such cards were recently returned to the SP (City) by Ataur Rehman,the SP MLA from Bahedi seat in Bareilly.

Nearly 1,300 ‘red warning cards’ have reportedly been issued in Bareilly by name — a majority of them Muslims — mentioning that the person has been identified as a suspect for breach of peace during the month of Sawan and Ramzan. He is,therefore,being warned that any attempt by him or motivating others directly or indirectly for violating the law and disturbing peace of the city will result in strong legal action,the card further adds.

Bareilly is considered a communally sensitive district. It witnessed communal clashes between the pilgrims of Kanwar Yatra and Muslims last year with curfew being imposed in the city for several days.

“The police is spreading terror among innocent people. Red warning cards are being issued even to those who are not living in Bareilly. It is a pick-and-choose policy. I have taken up the issue with the police and will approach the higher authorities,” Rehman said. Rehman added that preventive measures cannot be for Muslims alone. “We are not saying that those responsible for creating trouble in the past should not be warned. But hundreds of innocent people,who are not even remotely connected with the riots,have been issued red cards,it will not be tolerated,” he said.

Sensing a resentment among the Muslims,District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash has asked the ADM (City) to verify the cards. “Every red warning card will be reviewed and if they have been issued to any innocent person,it will be taken back,” the DM said.

SP (City) Triveni Singh,however,said the cards have been handing only to those who have a history of involvement in violence,have a criminal record,were in jail for violating peace and had deposited personal bonds and are listed as anti-social elements.

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