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Minorities Commission chairman slams ‘misuse’ of police authority

Habibullah was speaking at the release of a report by the Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association

Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities,Wajahat Habibullah,has said that possession of a Quran is treated as incriminating evidence in terror related cases against Muslims. “But when they are asked to read the incendiary portions from the said texts in courts,the policemen cannot read it,” he said on Thursday.

Habibullah was speaking at the release of a report by the Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association on cases registered under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in Madhya Pradesh. He said when a sentiment that only Muslims are targeted is allowed to grow,“it seriously compromises the whole concept of India’s nationhood”. He also recommended a review of UAPA and said that the commission has examined the Act and found “it is not a sound Act legally as it gives too much authority to the police”.

The JTSA’s report,titled ‘Guilt by Association’,lists cases from Madhya Pradesh of Muslim youth being detained,arrested and incarcerated on charges of terrorism. Habibullah said “illegal harassment and persecution of our citizens has to be taken care of”.