Activists decry arrest and detention of Muslim youth in Mecca Masjid blast case

Leaders of people’s campaign against politics of terror condemned the failure of the government in initiating action against police officers who illegally arrested Muslim youth in the Mecca Masjid blast, though it was subsequently proved that the incident was the handiwork of Hindu fundamentalist forces.

About one hundred of them were picked up in the incident and detained for two years, but no action was taken against the concerned police officers, said ex-CPI MP Aziz Pasha, social activist Khalid Rasool Khan and others.

They told a press conference here on Thursday that the country was required to protect minorities who were inherently weak like in Singapore, where the Tamilian community was treated as a treasure. In India, however, minorities were treated as villains which made them alien and distanced them from development.

They demanded implementation of recommendations by panels set up to reform police by delinking the force from the influence of politicians. But, the politicians decided the promotions of police. The force continued to play the role of protecting the government, something assigned to it in British rule. It was not on the side of the public.

Convention on Sunday

In this context, the campaign will organise a convention at Chaderghat here on Sunday which will be addressed by Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Prasad Yadav, senior Congress leaders Mani Shankar Aiyar and C.K. Jaffer Sharief, CPI (M) politburo member Brinda Karat and former CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan. This would be the second such meeting after it was held in Delhi. Mr. Aziz Pasha said the objective of the campaign was to mount pressure on the government to make police accountable to the picking up of Muslim youth whenever terrorist attacks took place.