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"Muslims in Suket being harassed by police"



Special Correspondent

JAIPUR: A fact-finding team of Rajasthan Muslim Forum, which visited Suket town in Kota district to probe into the trouble created by Bajrang Dal activists on December 6, has accused the administration and police of targeting the Muslim minority and harassing Muslim youths in the town under pressure from Sangh Parivar.

The team found during its visit to Suket over the week-end that police had slapped serious cases on innocent Muslim youngsters and were torturing them in custody, while the Bajrang Dal activists, who brandished swords and tried to attack Muslim localities, were let off with minor charges. Police used force against a crowd of 1,500 Bajrang Dal members in Suket on December 6 when they raised provocative slogans against Muslims and tried to storm into their houses while taking out a rally to "celebrate" the demolition of Babri Masjid. When the crowd was dispersed, a youth fell into a nearby mine filled with water and died.

The fact-finding team, lead by Jamat-e-Islami Hind State president Mohammed Salim, said here on Sunday that while the police action preventing a direct confrontation between Hindus and Muslims was creditable, there was no justification for implicating Muslims in the non-bailable offence of attempt to murder.

`Concocted cases'

"The arrest of Muslim youths in concocted cases and their torture in the police custody proves that the administration is acting under an intense pressure of Sangh Parivar. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is out to implement the Sangh's divisive agenda in the State," said the members of the fact-finding team. The members of the team, constituted by the Muslim Forum were Syed Azam Ali, Gulsher Ahmed Khan, Mujeeb Azad, Zafar Mohammed, Saifullah Khan, Abrar Ahmed, Abdul Samad and Abdul Aziz.

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