Several organisations have joined together to take out a People’s March here on Thursday, urging the government to stop arresting innocent youth from marginalised communities, particularly Muslims, on false charges of terror acts.

The march from Chikka Lalbagh to Town Hall, followed by a public meeting, has been organised by Praja Rajakiya Vedike, Students Islamic Organisation of India Karnataka Zone and others.

Fair probes wanted

Speaking to presspersons here Wednesday, the SIOI president Ashfaq Ahmed Shareef said that the main demand was to stop arrest of innocent youth and seeking free and fair investigation besides seeking an end to bias in law enforcement. The march will also seek provision of special fast track courts for speedy trial of “terrorism” cases to settle case within a week and to demand compensation to and rehabilitation of innocents, he added.

Draconian laws

Human rights activist and senior advocate B.T. Venkatesh said they were also demanding removal of draconian laws, including Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Armed Forces Special Powers Act. Action should also be initiated against personnel of investigation agencies responsible for fabrication of evidence against innocents, he added.

A press release said that hundreds of innocent people are routinely arrested across India under false charges of terror acts. They people are tortured in police custody, denied bail, jailed for many years without trial, acquitted after 5 to 10 years. Many cases courts have castigated the police and intelligence agencies for filing false cases and fabricating, indicating systematic and systemic prejudice and impunity, the release added.

  • Main demand is to stop arrest of innocent youth

  • Special courts to be sought for speedy trial of ‘terrorism’ cases