A consultative meeting organised by the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) here on Sunday expressed serious concern at the rising incidents of human rights violations in the country, particularly against Muslims.

The arrest of ‘innocent’ Muslims from different parts of the country after every terror incident had become routine. Participants felt such continuous violation of basic human rights would only strengthen the sense of insecurity and alienation in the community.

“It is high-time that all right-thinking persons stand up, become vigilant and work for a unified legal, political and social strategy to cleanse the investigative and legal system of the country,” said JIH president Maulana Jalaluddin Umri.

The meeting, attended by advocates, human rights activists and representatives of various minority organisations, took note of the Justice Nimesh Commission report that a number of targeted victims of police atrocities were found innocent by the courts. In many cases, police had not been able to file proper charge-sheets.

“The tunnelled investigative vision posed a major threat to the security of the people,” the participants felt.

They condemned the custodial death of Khawaja Younus of Maharashtra, Qateel Sidddiqi in Pune jail and the mysterious death of Khalid Mujahid in UP. These custodial deaths were nothing but a way of eliminating evidence.

The meeting called for implementation of police reforms and also the recommendations of the Justice Nimesh Commission.

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