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Congress has failed in safeguarding India's secular fabric, says Arshad Madni
Demands tribunals to handle cases of Muslims arrested in terror cases, passage of prevention of communal violence bill
Saturday January 11, 2014 10:21 PM, & Agencies

President of Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind Syed Arshad Madni Saturday while addressing a huge gathering in Mumbai demanded from the Congress –led UPA government to pass prevention of communal bill and accused the oldest political party of India in failing to safeguard the secular fabric of the country.

Jamiat Ulema Azad Maidan Convention

"The Congress identifies itself as a secular party. But the fact is that it has miserably failed in safeguarding the secular values of the country. This is the reason why minorities especially the Muslims are facing problems in India", he said.

Syed Arshad Madni was addressing "Tahaffuz-e-Jamhooriyat Conference" (Save Democracy Conference) at Mumbai's Azad Maidan. It was the first major conference organised at this venue by any Muslim organisation after 2012 which turned violent after a rally organised to protest riots in Assam and Myanmar.

Besides a huge crowd of over a lakh people, the conference was also attended by Minister of Minority Development Department Arif Naseem Khan, and legislators Abu Asim Azmi, Amin Patel, Kapil Patil and Mufti Ismael.

"The communal forces are once again up in arms are trying to push the country in chaos for ugly political gain. Jamiat-e-Ulema will not allow this to happen", he said urging the gathering to gear-up to defeat the communal forces in the coming election.

Besides Shankaracharya Adhikshanandji Maharaj of Puri and other religious leaders, the conference was also addressed by Dr Mehmoodure Rehman who had recently submitted a report to Maharashtra government on Muslims.

Earlier, while addressing the media, Syed Arshad Madni said the plight of innocent Muslim youths was well known and a matter of concern.

"The issue of minorities needs to be seriously addressed, and we all must see how this (victimization of Muslim youth) is stopped," he said.

He pointed out that Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had admitted - though belatedly - that innocent Muslims were being harassed and arrested.

"Many judgements have come in several cases when innocent Muslims have been discharged or acquitted of terror charges but the prime years of their youth have been spent in jail. How do you compensate this?" Madni asked.

He said since state governments do not seriously pursue the legal action pertaining to withdrawal of false terror cases against Muslims, there was a need to set up tribunals and examine the issue.

These tribunals should comprise respected retired judicial figures and be vested with proper powers to function effectively.

He said no Muslim youth accused of terrorism should be arrested without a probe by the tribunal.

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