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Nothing incriminating against Girls Islamic Organisation,say cops

A week after issuing a circular asking senior Mumbai Police officers to keep a watch on Girls Islamic Organisation,the women’s wing of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind,with regard to “brainwashing of girls towards jihad”,the Special Branch — the intelligence wing of the city police — on Monday said it had not found anything adverse against the body.

Written by Express News Service |
April 2, 2013 4:27:09 am

A week after issuing a circular asking senior Mumbai Police officers to keep a watch on Girls Islamic Organisation,the women’s wing of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind,with regard to “brainwashing of girls towards jihad”,the Special Branch — the intelligence wing of the city police — on Monday said it had not found anything adverse against the body.

The Special Branch had forwarded the circular to the additional commissioners in charge of various police regions in the city. “Our job is to to disseminate intelligence. We are not here to sit and judge the contents,” said Naval Bajaj,Additional Commissioner,Special Branch.

“We regret the leak and are taking measures to find the source. I want to apologise for the hurt it has caused,” Bajaj added.

With the allegedly defamatory circular having sparked a controversy,a delegation from Jamaat-e-Islaami Hind met Bajaj on Monday to discuss the issue. The organisation was founded in the 1940s as Jamaat-e-Islami,and its name was changed to Jamaat-e-Islami Hind after Partition.

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Stating that the intelligence was shared pan-India,Bajaj added,“The information was for internal use. We cannot sit on any such intelligence,and have to disseminate it through the right channels. In the city,if you ask me,if we have found any adverse report on the organisation,then my answer is no.”

Bajaj added that he cannot comment on the language of the circular.

“He (Bajaj) said the circular was meant for internal circulation among police ranks and should never have leaked into the media,” said Aslam Ghazi,spokesperson of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and part of the eight-member delegation.

He added that the delegation also raised the issue of the contents of the circular,which the organisation found defamatory.

“We will take a legal view on the matter and sue those responsible. We have submitted a written complaint with Bajaj and he has said that he will forward it to the authorities concerned,and convey the reply to us. We are waiting for the reply before taking further action,” said Ghazi.

“We are probing the source of the leak and appropriate action will be taken against those responsible,” said Bajaj.

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