Muslim organisations from across the city, Tuesday, stepped in to condemn Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Saamna’s editor Sanjay Raut over his remarks that Muslims must be disenfranchised. Raut in his Sunday article in Saamna remarked that Muslim voting rights must be taken away.
Fareed Batatawala, president of Muslim Front, said, “In the past even Senior Sena leaders were banned from voting by the Supreme Court for corrupt electoral practices. Raut should first look into his own party and then make such
Additionally, in a meeting of several Muslim bodies on Tuesday, demands to punish those involved in the alleged “fake encounters” of five under trials in Telangana and 20 woodcutters in Andhra Pradesh were also put up.
“All the under trials deserved a fair trial. In the photographs leaked after their death, one had handcuffs on. The argument that they were attempting an escape is false,” said M A Khalid, secretary of All India Milli Council, Maharashtra. On April 6, five terror accused were killed in Nalgonda by police who were taking them to the Hyderabad court from Warangal Central Jail. Next day, 20 woodcutters were killed in an encounter by the Task Force in Andhra Pradesh.
Data from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) showed that since 1993 till 2013, NHRC had intervened in 2,507 encounter cases in India of which it found that 48 per cent (1,224 cases) were “fake encounters”. In Maharashtra, 1,200 people were encountered in the same period. “NHRC has, however, intervened in only 61 cases,” said Khalid, adding that most of the encounters in Maharashtra were reported from Mumbai. “Many of the fake encounter specialists are being released by the Modi government, it is also a cause of concern,” said Salim Alware, a human right activist.