Malegaon: The battle
of nerve against the police prejudice, which was on here in Malegaon since last eight
days amid high drama, anxiety and tension, is finally over after Aftab
Alam ended his fast-unto-death May 22. Aftab ended the
hunger strike after the local authorities conceded to his demands
and gave written assurance to him.
“Tahsildar Goibode and Police Inspector Magar of Azad Nagar police
station came today at Mushawerat Chowk and gave written assurance
that no cases would be filed against the peaceful protesters.
About withdrawal of the cases against the 30 peaceful protesters,
they promised that needful action would be taken after legal
consultations”, Aftab Alam said to ummid.com after ending the
Aaftab, the activist of
Nidharmi Sangathna, was sitting on hunger strike since May 16
against what he called as the police prejudice against the
peaceful protesters who were seeking justice for the innocent
Muslim youths arrested in the 2006 blast case.
The eight days of hunger strike
marked high drama, anxiety and tension as Aftab Alam declined to
take even water despite the soaring temperature in the town and
his condition deteriorated on the third day of his fast.
On May 19, Aftan Alam was shifted to
hospital where doctors wanted to keep him till next day. He,
however, declined to take the medical aid, ran from the hospital
and sat on the strike in the pendal at Mushwerat Chowk once again.
Finally, the local authorities
conceded to his demands today. Following which he ended his
Nidharmi Sangathna, to which Aftan
Alam belongs, is protesting since April 25 demanding release of the innocent local youths who were arrested in the 2006
Malegaon blast case and a ban on RSS and other Hindutva organisation
after Swami Aseemanand reportedly confessed the role of these
organisations in terrorist activities.
As part of its protest, three people
were sitting on 24-hour long hunger strike on rotation basis since
April 25 demanding release of the local youths arrested in the
2006 Malegaon blast and a ban on RSS and other Hindutva organisations
for their alleged role in terrorism.
According to the activists of
Nidahrami Sanghatna, trouble began when after ten days of peaceful
protest, Dy Superintendent of Police Avinash Kumar started filing
cases against the protestors under section 102 of Mumbai Act.
Shocked, they approached Dy Collector Ajay More on May 11 and lodged complaint against the
DYSP, and also sought action against him. Aaftab started the
hunger strike when the Sanghatna did not get any
reply from the Dy Collector as promised by him.
The police has filed cases against
30 of the 69 people who have taken part in the 24-hour hunger
strike on rotation basis.
Meanwhile, the 24-hour hunger strike
which began on April 25, continues unabated. The organisers are in
no mood to discontinue it unless their demands are met.