Lucknow: A joint statement issued by Political and organisational leaders in Uttar Pradesh has stated that the ban imposed by Jharkhand government on Popular Front of India in the state is anti-democratic and demanded that it be revoked immediately.
Excerpts from the statement:
The present ban on Popular Front under section 16 of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 1908 in Jharkhand is part of the political vendetta unleashed on the organization due to its interventions with regards to human rights violations, hate speeches, mob lynching incidents and police atrocities. It seems that the BJP government of Jharkhand is unhappy with Members of the organization in Jharkhand because they helped the victims’ families for filing cases in lynching incidents like those in Jamtara, Latehar, Ramgarh and Seraikela. Also they have filed cases in few incidents of police atrocities.
There are not any known criminal cases in the state against the Popular Front members. But the organization is fighting 14 cases in the state including against mob lynching and police atrocities. It is amidst this that the press release with official seal announcing the ban appeared on the government website.
It is learned that following the ban the police are targeting and harassing Popular Front members in certain regions of Jharkhand. The office was sealed and extensive police raids were conducted and it is reported that new cases were registered against some leaders and members.
By targeting or proscribing a particular organisation that stands for people’s rights and justice, a repressive government sends the message to all civil rights groups and mass movements that any voice of dissent and any act of empowerment would not be tolerated. This is bare infringement of constitutionally guaranteed rights. Hence we request all human rights groups, political parties and minority organisations to come forward against such fascist moves. We also demand Jharkhand government to withdraw from such repressive moves on organizations based of rumours and false allegations.
Issued on behalf of signatories by
Adv Mohammad Shoeb (National President Rihai Manch), Nahid Aqeel (State President All India Muslim Pasmanda Mahaz women), P C Kureel (National President Rashtriya Bhagidari Andolan), Dr. Donald De’Souza (Chancellor Cathedral of Lucknow), Moulana Jahangir Alam Qasmi (President Anjuman Falah e darain), Moulana Yahya Noumani (Chancellor Madrasa Assuffa), Maroof Khan (State General Secretary UP, Congress), Abdul Khaliq (Executive Member of Milli Council), Haji Faheem Siddiqi (National Vice President INL), Haji Arif Ali (AIMIM, Ghaziabad), Advocate Kousar Jahan (Aam Aadmi party), Choudhary Qasid Ali (Samajwadi Party, Ghaziabad), Shahnawaz Khan (Senior Advocate Delhi High Court, Ghaziabad), Sajid Husein (Ex District President Samajwadi Party), Susheel Gowtam(Chairman, DSF and Organiser Bhim Army), Moulana Ahmad Baig Nadwi (President, All India Imams Council) and others have signed the statement.