Aligarh, 11 Dec. After the demolition of Babri Masjid, the movement of its rebuilding was getting shrill and loud across the nation and to confine that movement, thousands of innocents were framed in Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Prevention Act (TADA) and sent behind the bars for many years, I was one of them. Since I have been a student activist, I continued my activism in jail too, opened a first jail university in Tihar Jail, introduced many courses”, said Khaliq uz Zamaan, acquitted of terror charges after 5 years. He was addressing in a convention on ‘State Excesses against Innocent Citizens’ organized by Aligarh Muslim University student union on 11th December 2014 in Kennedy Auditorium, AMU.
He emphasized that we must stand united and combat against every enormity and tyranny and students could play a remarkable role in this struggle.
APCR, National Coordinator, Akhlaq Ahmad said that once Hitler quoted, “Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death.” The same agenda of terror is being executed across the world for reigning over states. Terrorism, communal riots, Bangladeshi immigrant, love jihad, cow protection etc. issues are nothing but the tools of the state dividing the people for easy control over them and to facilitate the corporate interests.
“The ratio of Muslims’ population in India is 14% but in jail their proportion is 19%. Being 10.6% in the population of Maharashtra, Muslims share 32% ratio in state jails. Several ‘encounters’ in the name of counter terror have proven fake by the different investigating agencies and court judgments. Constitution of India ensures justice, equality and liberty to all whereas thousands of innocent Muslim youths are languishing in different jails in the name of terrorism; victims during communal violence are waiting for justice since 30-35 years”, he said.
Parveena Ahangar, the chairperson of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) in Kashmir, whose son remains disappeared ever since the Indian Army arrested him in 1990, urged gathering with teary eyes to join their struggle against enforced disappearance by armed forces in Kashmir.
Prashant Paikray, Spokesperson, POSCO Pratirodh Sangam Samiti said “The policies of liberation, privatization and globalization clutched our natural resources which devastated our livelihood and put our identity at stake. Fake encounters, custodial death and illegal detention have become the common phenomenon of security agencies to curb the people’s movement of jal, jungle and jameen.”
Bazlul Basit Chaudhary who hails from Assam working as a Research Coordinator in Center for Action Research and Planning, stated that false propaganda of Bangladeshi migration has been propagated for the political gain which is the root cause of ethnic and communal violence in Assam. Further addressing the issue of AFSPA in north east and atrocities being made by Armed Forces, he entreated students to be the part of their struggle against oppression and victimization.
Abdullah Azzam, President, AMUSU opined that the entire business of arms, weapons and surveillance system is based on intimidation and it appears that terrorism is being sponsored by those agencies who have vested interest in armament trade. He called upon the students to get engaged in the research and documentation work on the various human rights violation issues across the country and expose the conspiracy before the nation.
The chief guest of the convention, Abdul Mubeen, AMU alumni, acquitted of terror charges after 14 years, addressed the gathering through video message. The others who addressed the convention were Mohd. Adeeb (Former Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha) and Shahid Malik (AMU Alumni). Syed Masoodul Hasan (Vice President AMUSU) expressed the words of gratitude. The program was conveyed by Shahzeb Ahmad, the secretary of AMUSU.