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NIA in violation of human rights norms: Activists

Demands of BMC included abolishing of NIA and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Raising questions over the findings of National Investigating Agency (NIA) which was probing into the Khagragarh explosion in Burdwan district, members of the Bandi Mukti Committee (BMC) alleged that NIA officials had been grossly violating human rights of the people they had taken in custody.

Chhoton Das, general secretary, BMC said the committee had carried out a survey from December 25 to 27 last year in areas of Murshidabad and Nadia. He said after the incident, all madrasas had been tagged as breeding grounds of terrorists, even though two of the three madrasas which had been shut used to teach girls of the locality.

“Both the suspects Alima Bibi and Razia Bibi had been kept in deplorable conditions, deprived of any basic human rights. Their family members were not allowed to see them. They weren’t even given any other clothes to wear and were still in the same set of clothes in which they had been arrested. How could they have arrested the two along with their infant kids?,” he noted.

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Human Rights activist Sujato Bhadra said the involvement of few Muslims in a crime has prompted the NIA to malign an entire community. “It is not correct that all Muslims are terrorists and all madrasas train militants. The NIA officials have violated the procedure of protective custody while arresting the two women with their infant children,” he said.

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Bhanu Sarkar, another member of the group said that during the survey, they had found a differently abled person was beaten up by the NIA and had been intimidated with dire consequences if he told the media about it. He alleged that the investigation process of the central agency was largely influenced by the RSS-BJP and the Sangh Parivar.

Demands of BMC included abolishing of NIA and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, re-opening of madrasas, stop implicating Muslims in false cases and stop unleashing terror on madrasas.