07/04/2014, Bangalore: Some civil rights groups Including Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) on 6 April released a 30-page report, “Permanent Suspects- Framing Muslim Youth in Karnataka” on the targeting of Muslims in terror cases in the BJP-ruled state in last five years. The report details the implication of around three dozen Muslim youths in various terror cases including the last year’s infamous terror conspiracy case.
The three Muslim youth – Muthi-ur-Rahman Siddique, Aejaz Ahmed Mirza and Mohammed Yusuf Nalbandh – who recently walked to their freedom after a six-month ordeal of being branded as terrorists and charged with waging war aginst the country, said that they still carry the stigma of ‘terror accused’ despite the fact that National Investigation Agency (NIA) itself did not found even a small proof against them.
The trio unleashed their feelings at a programme organized by a coalition of seventeen organizations in Bangalore on Saturday to formally release a fact finding report titled ‘Permanent Suspects- Framing Muslim Youth in Karnataka’ prepared by Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR), People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Karnataka, People’s Democratic Forum (PDF). The report is based on testimonies of Muslim youth in Hubli and Belgaum.
Introducing the report, Professor Sreedhara of Peoples’ Democratic Forum, stated that a need was felt for a probe into how people from one community are being targeted, and the report documents the stigma attached to persons even falsely charged in terror cases, and the loss of life, dignity and livelihood.
Advocate S.A.H. Razvi of Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR), detailed the manner in which most terror cases are concocted, and innocent people are framed, which is best illustrated by the arbitrary manner in which investigations are conducted.