Mohammad Adeeb is among few leaders who raise Muslim issues in Indian Parliament and other forums. In recent months, he has been making concerted efforts against the illegal arrest of Muslim youth in different parts of India on false charges. He has formed a fact finding committee to look into the issue of illegal detention of Muslim youth across the country. AN Shibli of NVONnews.Com talked to him on this issue.
Q: Despite a lot of hue and cry from the Muslims groups why the Muslims youth continue to be arrested in different cases?
The main problem in India is that though we are the largest democracy in the world but the fact is that our security agencies are working on the direction of Israel and America, the anti Muslim countries. That is why the Indian Muslims are facing a lot of problems here. There is a high level of conspiracy against Muslims. The anti Muslim lobby doesn’t want to give any time to Muslim youth so they could think about coming to mainstream. When Muslims are being continuously and regularly arrested in false charges will they work to secure them or they will think to excel in business or educational fields? The security agencies have no proof against Muslim youth and no proof. But they continue to languish in jails for a very long period of time. Take the case of Delhi’s Amir who spent as many as 14 long years in pison and when he was finally released, he found to his horror that nothing was left of his house. His father had died and his mother was in a very bad shape as far as her health was concerned. His father’s business was ruined and his widowed mother had to struggle hard to get some food.
Q: Recently a fact finding committee has been formed to look into the matter of illegal arrest of Muslim youth. What the committee will
We have formed a committee consisting of member of different political parties as well as secular minded journalists. We will go in all the villages of India from where such young people have been arrested. We will meet their relatives and others and collect all details from there and then this will be published in the form of a book to be released in a seminar that is slated for October 2(Gandhi Jaynti) in Talkatora Stadium.
Q: What are the main demands of this committee?
We have three main demands. First if any youth gets arrested and released after languishing in jails for many years after failing to prove any evidence against him the Government should give compensation to such people. Our second demand is punishment for those police offices or security officers who falsely arrested them in fabricated cases and destroyed their lives. Our third demand is if any youth has been arrested in terrorism case or any other anti national case, his case should be completed in one year and if this is not possible then bail should be given to him. It is gross violation of human rights to put any person in jail for many years despite having no solid prove against him. This is just a joke that you have arrested a person for the conspiracy against country but you have no prove to show to the court.
Q. This seems very tough time for Indian Muslims. Why all the Muslim MPs and Ulema are not doing joint efforts to fight against this targeted attack against Muslims?
No. This time all Muslim MPs, belonging to all political parties, are on a single platform as far as the problems of illegal arrest of Muslims is concerned. Muslim organizations are also doing their bit in this regard but the main problem is that some Ulema are more interested in politics than their religious activities. Some Ulema thinks that meeting with Prime Minister and getting their photos published in Urdu newspapers is enough.
I am very sorry to say that some Ulema are not happy with our efforts in this regard. They think that why we are taking this issue in our hand and that this is the duty of Ulema to fight against the arrest of Muslim youth. This means that they want to do politics on this issue. All sane people should understand that if any Muslim youth is arrested in false charge this is the duty of all the peace loving and secular people to fight against it. This time we have included many non Muslims in our committee. You will be surprised to know that not even a single Hindu refused to work with us. Nobody said that this is a Muslims problem and why should I work with you. The fact is that you will not get success without the help of secular minded people. Justice Shah and Justice Rajinder Sachchar, despite his poor health are giving full support to us.
Q: Do you think that the problem will be solved just after publishing the report of fact finding committee?
A: This will improve things inshaallah. We will discuss the issue of illegal arrest of Muslim Youth in parliament for two hours. If the problem will not be solved we have decided that we will not allow the running of the parliament smoothly. I hope after the report of fact finding committee we will see a good change in this regard.
Q: Muslims of Uttar Pradesh had given their full support to Samajwadi Party and they managed to form the government but now Muslims are facing communal riots in different cities of Uttar Pradesh almost on a daily basis.
A: In my opinion Akhilesh Yadav has completely failed to run the state government. The main thing is that the power is distributed among many people in the state. Most of the politician thinks there that he has the main power that is why the problem is being created. Recently we have seen that the relation between Azam Khan and CM Akhilesh Yadav is not good. Rivalry between politicians creates problems for common people.