UPSET WITH the acquittal of 10 accused in a 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots case in which a boy and his aunt were killed, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind has decided to hold a public rally in Meerut on February 14 to protest against the alleged lackadaisical attitude of the UP government.
The Jamiat leaders will also protest against the rising number of arrests on terror charges by central agencies.
“We are demanding justice for the community. It is our belief that Muzaffarnagar riots accused were acquitted as the state government did not pursue the case in the right manner. The government wanted their acquittal,” Maulana Mehmood Madani, general secretary, JUH told The Indian Express.
“We are also concerned over the arrest of Muslim youths on terror charges by central agencies. Our apprehension is that after 8-10 years of legal battle many of them would be acquitted. There is no responsibility of Investigating Officer (IO) while life of these youths is ruined. We want that it should be done with caution and accountability of the IO should be fixed,” Madani said.
Alleging that the Akhilesh Yadav-led government failed to fulfill its poll promises towards the Muslim community, Madani said, “Akhilesh failed to fulfill even one of his promises made to Muslims during elections. We just want to know how much more time he needs. And if he cannot fulfill the promises, why did he make them?”
The issues that are likely to be raised during the JUH rally include proportionate reservation to Muslims in government jobs and representation in various government bodies, safety of Muslims and their properties, release of Muslims from jail who were wrongly framed on various charges along with rehabilitation of those who have been released from prison.
The organisation is conducting several meetings in western Uttar Pradesh to mobilise Muslims for the rally. The JUH during its state executive meeting at Lucknow in December last year, had decided to hold such rallies termed as ‘Husool-e-Insaf’ across the state where it would target the Samajwadi Party government ahead of 2017 Assembly polls.