Stop victimisation of Muslim youths

Several activists and political leaders, including CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat and RJD chief Lalu Prasad, has demanded that “the harassment and victimisation of innocent Muslims youths” by security agencies in the name of fighting terror be stopped.

In a convention on “Politics of Terror”, organised here by representatives of Left and other political parties, they asked the government to stop the arrests of “innocent Muslim youths”.

Various universities lecturers, Political leaders, human rights activists, lawyers and professors has been participated in the convention.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad said: “The situation is deteriorating day by day for the Muslim community.” Police is targeting Bihar’s Muslim youths, he said.

“After Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh, Bihar’s Muslim youths are on the hit-list of police and central agencies,” Yadav alleged at the meet.

Districts of Bihar like Sitamarhi, Madhubani and recently Darbhanga have witnessed such arrests.

Darbhanga’s native Fasih Mahmood, an alleged Indian Mujahideen operative was arrested by Delhi Police on charges of a 2010 bombing incident at Jama Masjid here.

The 35-year-old engineer from Bihar, employed in Saudi Arabia, was arrested at Delhi airport Oct 22 when he arrived after his deportation from that country.

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Karat said: “The agencies are misusing the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The Muslim youths are their soft target. Those youths are arrested on allegations of terror (and are) very easily booked under this law.”

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ramvilas Paswan, CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan and independent member of the Rajya Sabha Mohd. Adeeb also condemned the arrests of Muslim youths.

They also said, “Several Muslim youths have been acquitted by the courts in the past few years after they were found innocent of terror charges.”

Where is Fasih Mahmood, asks Supreme court

The central government told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it had never taken into custody Fasih Mahmood, an engineer from Bihar who went missing in Saudi Arabia, and was trying to ascertain his whereabouts.

The centre told an apex court bench of Justice KS Radhakrishnan and Justice JS Khehar that it was in contact with the Saudi authorities to find out Fasih Mahmood’s whereabouts.

Additional Solicitor General Gourab Banerjee told the court that the external affairs ministry will speak to the Saudi Arabian ambassador in New Delhi, and the Indian ambassador in Riyadh will take up the matter with the Saudi authorities.

Fasih Mahmood is an engineer from Bihar who went missing in Saudi Arabia.

On this, the court asked: “Where is Fasih Mahmood?”

It further said: “The case is very serious. We need to know where he is.”

Banerjee told the court that “normally it was difficult for the Indian government to interact with its Saudi counterparts, as they don’t respond on such matters.”

Counsel Naushad Ahmed Khan, appearing for the petitioner Nikhat Parveen, Fasih’s wife, told the court that Mahmood was in the custody of the police in India and the government started reacting to the situation only after the intervention of the apex court.

At this, the court observed that since the centre has said that Fasih Mahmood was not in its custody, it will wait for further information from the government when the matter next comes up for hearing June 11.

Fasih Mahmood, employed as engineer in Saudi Arabia, was allegedly picked up by intelligence agencies from Al Jubal May 13.

The 35-year-old hails from Barh Saaila village in Darbhanga district of Bihar, about 200 km from Patna. Fasih’s father, Firoz Ahmad, is in-charge of the Benipatti primary health centre in Madhubani district. His mother is a school teacher in Darbhanga.