Delhi / July 10, 2012
Front of India to campaign for the release innocent detainees
Popular Front of India has decided to launch a
nation-wide campaign for the release of the innocent Muslim youth who
are illegally detained in different prisons in the country. This was
decided in a two-day National Executive Council meeting of the
organisation, held on July 07-08, 2012. A number of other issues were
The meeting observed that a large number of innocent
youth remain in prisons as under-trial prisoners and their court
proceedings are indefinitely delayed. It is shocking that, as
revealed by study reports, in all states other than Assam the
percentage of Muslim prisoners far exceed their population
percentage in the respective states. They are repeatedly denied
bail in the name of UAPA provisions even after no concrete evidence
could be produced to justify their detention. To work to bring
justice to those innocent victims should be among the top priority of
the civil society and concerned citizens and groups. The one month
long campaign of Popular Front will include pamphlet distribution,
public meetings and other programmes. The campaign will be start on
August 15, the Independence Day and will continue till September 15.
The organisation will provide possible legal aid to those innocent
detainees who are in need of it.
The meeting also reviewed the ongoing “School Chalo”
programme in different states. It was observed that the programme
was successful as it could reach out to the students from most under
developed and rural areas. It helped tens of thousands of needy
children cherish their schooling dreams and also made the way for
many students, who dropped their education at primary levels, to
come back to school. The programme also consisted of the distribution
of one lack school kits to the selected students from different
states including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh,
Maharashtra, Manipur, Rajasthan, Delhi, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.
The meeting also approved the proposal to hold “Freedom
Parade” at selected cities in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu on
August 15 as part of joining the Independence Day celebrations.
Popular Front strongly condemned the malicious
propaganda carried out by a section of the mainstream media against
the organisation. The meeting strongly rejected the baseless and
politically motivated allegations and efforts to connect the movement
with banned or mysterious groups.
The meeting observed that there is a
conspiracy behind it and it is a part of the larger agenda to
isolate, demonize and victimize organisations that work for the
uplift of the systematically marginalised sections like Muslims.
Front demanded the Union Home Ministry to take immediate and
appropriate steps to control those officers in investigative or
intelligence agencies like NIA and IB who are making baseless
statements against the Popular Front utilising a section of media
without revealing their identity. The meeting observed that it has
become a trend in a section of the media to quote certain ‘unnamed
sources’ to target Popular Front of India. This is a grave misuse
of power and dangerous exploitation of the freedom of the press. The
organisation has recently filed complaint with the Press Council of
India against 13 such reports. It also expressed the concern over
the continuing influence of right wing extremist and communal
Hindutva elements in the investigative agencies and in the mainstream
media who are disturbed by the efforts by the Popular Front to
empower the deprived Muslim community. It is necessary to cleanse up
our police and security agencies from communal influence to curb the
anti-Muslim prejudice that is so prevalent in police and
Chairman E. M. Abdul Rahiman presided over the meeting.
Those who participated in the discussions include K. M. Shareef
(General Secretary), Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Vice President), Adv. K. P.
Muhammad Shareef (Treasurer), Muhammad Khalid (Manipur), Muhammad
Shahabuddin (West Bengal), Kalimullah Siddiqui (Delhi), A. S. Ismail
(Tamil Nadu), Yasir Hasan (Karnataka), Karaman Asharaf Moulavi, Prof.
P. Koya (Kerala).
Front of India