Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has urged the media, leaders of political parties and social activists to be guarded in their reactions in the wake of controversies being kicked up in the name of hunting down terrorists in the State.

Jamaat Kerala Amir T. Arifali said in a statement here on Wednesday that terrorists and anti-social elements should be identified and isolated. They should be brought to book and punished. Nobody should be allowed to create a wedge between communities and destroy communal harmony, he said.

However, the organisation could not accept the trend in defaming the Muslim community in the anti-terrorism drive of the State machinery. Mr. Arifali said the family of Abdul Nasir Maudany was being hounded by the media by dubbing them terrorists. It took 10 years to prove that Maudany was not guilty. Neither the government nor the media could give back his lost decade, he said.