Religious Profiling, Indiscriminate Arrests and Custodial Torture of UP Police on 5th August:

NCHRO filed Human Rights Complaint before National Human Rights Commission

The Bhoomi Pujan of Ram Mandir was held on 5th August at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, where the 450 years-old historic Babri Masjid was demolished illegally by RSS and Sangh Parivar goons on 6 December 1992 by violating the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.

In the wake of Bhoomi Pujan, the UP Police have started targeting the Muslim youths in the wee hours of the previous night, 4th August in the disguise of preventive detention. Around 38 Muslim youths have been faced different types of harassment of UP Police viz., preventive detention, arrested in false cases and jailed, illegally entered into the houses and conducted search and the raids in illegal and arbitrary manner, house arrest, inquiry at houses and threatening family members, custodial torture during interrogation, etc.,

Among 38 affected persons, 19 were taken for preventive custody by the police in different districts. As per the details collected by the human rights activists and media reports among the 38 persons faced police harassment 5 from Barabanki district, 3 from Lucknow, 15 from Bahraich district, one from Banaras (Varanasi) district, 4 from Sitapur district and 9 from Shamli district and one from Muzaffarnagar were nabbed by the police. 3 of them were threatened over phone by the police. At least 18 houses of Muslims were raided arbitrarily in Shamli and Muzaffarnagar.

Out of 19 persons detained, 13 were released in the night on August 5 and next day and later. Six were booked in false and fabricated cases. Nadeem, who is the adhoc committee member of a social organization Popular Front of India, UP was arrested in two cases by the Kursi PS in Barbanki, Abdul Majeed was arrested in one case by the Kakori PS in Lucknow, Md Aleem, Qamaruddin @ Qamar Babu and Sahibe Alam were arrested in one case by the Jarwal Road PS in Bahraich and Sarwar Ali was arrested in one case by Kairana PS in Shamli.

Even though, the journalism student Mizba Irfan @ Salman Ahmed of Bahraich was released after 24 hours of the preventive detention on 5th August by the Jarwal Road PS personnel, he was again arrested by the local police in the night raid on 14th August, just because he shared the poster on WhatsApp with the hashtag #RSSseAzadi.

Wasif belongs to Unnao, who came to his sister’s house at Barabanki was arrested frocefully there in the midnight and the police assaulted his sister and threw out the household items and Wasif was tortured mentally. Even though he was released next day, the police action is unwarranted.

In Nadeem’s case also, around 8 to 10 police personnel from Kursi PS came in two vehicles in the late night of 4th August around 10.30 pm and barged into his house without any authority; wrecked the house indiscriminately and made it upside down. As Nadeem was not there, they took his brother Faheem and threatened Nadeem’s wife that if Nadeem didn’t come to police station, they would face dire consequences. After Nadeem arrived at home, he went to the PS to release his brother. But, both were detained. Nadeems’s relative Alauddin belongs to that locality was also taken by the police for the want of Nadeem. Nadeem was kept in illegal custody till 8th August and brutally tortured and mentally abused. In Shamli, Sarwal Ali also tortured in the lock-up after the arrest.

During the detention in Lucknow, Barabanki, Bahraich, Sitapur and Banaras, the Muslim youths were scolded by police officials as Deshdrohi and abused them and their religion, in foul language. Throwing the legal procedures into air, the UP police forcefully entered into the houses of Muslims, in which the ladies are dwelling in late night without women cops and conducted searches and raids

The officials of Uttar Pradesh police in the respective jurisdictions grossly violated the legal procedures and the mandates of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India as well as involved in the Religious profiling, isolation of Muslim youths in the eye of the society on the eve of the Bhoomi Pujan of Ram Temple at Ayodhya on August 5; Illegal detention, Arbitrary raids, Arrests, Harassment And Custodial Torture by Uttar Pradesh Police in different districts.

Hence, on behalf of the National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO), its Delhi Chapter General Secretary Adv. Ansar indori filed a human rights complaint before the National Human Rights Commission today with the prayer to conduct an independent investigation into the illegalities and demanded appropriate action against errant officials in Barabanki, Lucknow, Bahraich, Sitapur, Banaras, Muzaffarnagar and Shamli in the interest of justice.

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