Protest against POTA

NEW DELHI, OCT. 7. Demanding a retrospective repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), concerned citizens and families of those booked under the Act staged a protest march on Parliament Street here today.

Shouting slogans such as "Hindu-Muslim bhai-bhai, Phir beech mein POTA kahan se aaya'', the group demanded that all those booked under POTA should not face trial under the provisions of the "Draconian act". "How does the repeal of POTA help my family or me? My husband was booked under POTA in April 2003. And today, even after its repeal he is still booked under it. Even though these people have said that this is a Draconian act, there is no relief for those booked under the Act. I am hoping that something works out,'' said Nazia Nisar Ahmed Sheikh, a resident of Kalupur, near Ahmedabad in Gujarat.

Social activist Zakia Jowher from Gujarat Janandolan, added, "Why did they repeal POTA when it was about to lapse anyway? The Congress has repealed the Act before the Maharashtra elections so that they would get votes. The Congress should stop betraying the Muslims."