Afroz Alam Sahil, Beyond Headlines
Sanjarpur, Azamgarh, Feb. 27: Several social and human rights activists and journalists gathered at Sanjarpur, a village of Azamgarh District in eastern Uttar Pradesh, and demanded to reinvestigate all major bomb blasts, which took place across the nation in recent past.
Addressing the daylong National Human Rights Conference organized different civil rights organizations and NGOs, veteran rights activist and Gandhian social worker Himanshu Kumar said: “Not only Muslim youth of Azamgarh are the soft target of the police but also the poor aboriginal population of Chattisgarh, where 650 houses aborigines were set a blaze and they were made homeless. Hundreds of people are missing, but no one is coming for their rescue.”
The Gandhian has expressed his utter discontent about the State sponsored Salwa Judum and has categorically held the State of Chhattisgarh responsible for brutalizing its own people – the adivasis (indigenous people), in the pretext of eliminating the Maoists. He has resentfully spoken about how the State has forcefully evicted the adivasis from their natural habitat in the process of bringing their villages under the Salwa Judum fold and subsequently pushed the displaced villagers into makeshift relief camps – because “the Maoists had support among the adivasis.”
“Where are the human rights organizations? The struggle of formation of India has to be fought together by aborigines of Chattisgarh and Muslim youth of Azamagarh,” he stressed.
Once known for Hindu-Muslim synergy and high intellect, Azamgarh made headlines after the Batla House shootout of 2008 in the immediate aftermath of the Delhi serial blasts. Two alleged Indian Mujahideen militants, Atif Amin and Md Sajid, both Azamgarh natives, and police officer Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma were killed in the incident, which took place September 19, 2008, in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar locality.
Raising questions on the role of investigating agencies of the country, well-known social activist Shabnam Hashmi lamented: “Now it has become crystal clear that Aseemanand and Sunil Joshi, main conspirators of Malegaon, Samjhauta Express and Mecca Masjid blasts, has close contacts with Yogi Adityanath. Despite this fact, forget about his arrest, Yogi has not so far been questioned. This shows that how the country’s premier investigating agency (or State machinery) is biased toward one community and protective to the other.”
Demanding reinvestigation of all terror blats in the country, Chitranjan Singh, general secretary of People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), India’s one of the largest human rights organization, said: “Fascists mindset of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is deep rooted in Indian judiciary. Its elimination is very much essential for the secular fabric of the country.”
Human rights activist Feroze Mithiborwala held growing relationship between India and Israel responsible for all terrorist activities in India and illegal detention and torture of Muslim youth in the country.
Shedding light on the alleged involvement of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vishwanath Singh and Mahesh Pandey in the bomb blast case in the premises of a civil court in Faizabad, Pundit Yugal Kishore Shastri of Ayodhya Ki Awaz said that the magistrates who are investigating the case are biased.
Six bombs — three in Varansi, two in Faizabad and one in Lucknow — went off within a span of 15 minutes in the crowded court complexes between 1310 hrs and 1325 hrs on November 23, 2007.