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Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday claimed the SP government has released 400 minority youths from Uttar Pradesh jails.

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday claimed the SP government has released 400 minority youths from Uttar Pradesh jails.

Speaking at the Minority Awareness Convention organised by the minority wing of the party in Lucknow on Saturday,he said: “(Chief Minister) Akhilesh Yadav told me that he has released 300 such youths of minority community. The DGP informed me that 400 such youths have been released from jails across the state.”

The SP in its election manifesto had promised to release “innocent Muslim youths who are in jail on terror charges”. It had also promised to compensate such youths and punish the guilty officials who “victimised them”. “In cases where chargesheet has not been filed and there are no witnesses,we cannot keep them in prison. We are committed for the rights of the minorities and such people will be released,” he added.

Advocating quota for Muslims on the ground that their condition is “worse than Dalits”,he said the SP is committed to exert pressure on Central for granting reservation to Muslims and warned the UPA of losing power if it doesn’t implement Sachar Committee recommendations. “There is no reason for delaying its implementation,” he stated.

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While senior leaders of the party,particularly from the minority community were present,Azam Khan was absent. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav,failed to turn up. He was in Gorakhpur.

First published on: 03-03-2013 at 03:24:05 am
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