Activist Shabnam Hashmi being
detained by Police
Slamming the government over the arrest of the Muslim youth in the
name of fighting terror, activists belonging to over two dozen
organizations on Thursday protested outside the residence of Home
Minisiter P Chidambaram. They were detained within 15 minutes of
gathering outside the official residence of the home minister at Safdarjang Road.
"We are protesting against the norm
of treating young Muslims as militants and picking up Muslim
children from their homes for being militants," news agency ANI
quoted activist Shabnam Hashmi as saying.
She added that the sit-in protest was organised to convey the
anguish of the Muslim community who had lost faith in the Congress
"We are here to convey the anguish and the insecurity of the
entire Muslim community. We have lost all hope from the Centrall
government and the Home Minister. We have not placed any demand in
our memorandum as we have lost faith in the government," Hashmi
News portal TCN reported that the
Union Home Ministry didn’t allow the protest demonstration and the
police detained scores of civil rights activists and eminent
citizens within 15 minutes as they gathered outside the official
residence of Home Minister P. Chidambaram.
To thwart the protest demonstration,
the Delhi Police had since morning blocked several roads leading
to the residence of the Home Minister. Scores of activists
including Shabnam Hashmi, Mahtab Alam, Tanweer Alam and
Amanatullah Khan gathered at Jorbagh Metro Station and marched
towards Chidambaram’s residence, TCN added.
"We sat on the dharna in front of
minister’s official residence but within 15 minutes police detained us, put
into vans and took to Chanakyapuri Police Station. Soon a group of
other civil rights activists gathered there but they too were
detained. In all 51 people were detained", said Shabnam Hashmi.
The organizations participated in
the protest were: AISA, Aman Biradari, ANHAD, Bhartiya Muslim
Mahila Andolan, Centre for Policy Analysis, Champa - The Amiya &
B.G. Rao Foundation , Citizens for Democracy, Jamia Teacher's
Solidarity Association, JNUSU, Movement for Empowerment of Muslim
Indians (MOEMIN), National Campaign against Fabrication of Cases (
www.fabricated.in), NCDHR ( National Campaign for Dalit Human
Rights), PUCL (Delhi unit), Revolutionary Youth Association, Syed
Kazmi Solidarity Committee.