B.B News 365 Desk:Tahreek-e-Farogh-e-Islam chief Qamar Usmani Ghani and others speak to reporters in a press conference in New Delhi. File photo. Photo courtesy to The Cognate.
A bail application was filed demanding the release of four Muslim scholars belonging to a Delhi-based group Tahreek-e-Farogh-e-Islam (TFI) who were arrested by Tripura police under draconian law UAPA this week when they carried out a visit to Tripura following the violence unleashed by Hindutva groups against the northeast region’s Muslim minorities.
Mahmood Pracha, who is the legal advisor of TFI, told Maktoob that they have filed a bail application in the case. But it was not heard so far. 18 November has been set for hearing the case in court.
TFI national president and Muslim scholar Qamar Usmani Ghani, national vice-president Qari Asim, national secretary Ihsanul Haque Rezavi, and a member Roshan are the four members who were arrested and sent to jail for 14 days.
Pracha said that they have been arrested because they went to bring out facts related to the anti-Muslim violence and expose the failures of the BJP government in stopping violence carried by the Hindutva groups Vishwa Hindu Parishad and others in Tripura last week of October.
According to Aqeel Faizi, head office in charge of TFI, the four members were detained by the local police claiming that their lives were under threat. When they went to the police station, they were told that their visit had created law and order issues in the area. They would be booked under these sections of IPC, cops said to the Muslim delegation.
“The police have shown them a notice and asked them to accept it. Police officers said then the police will start a probe. But the delegation replied that they had not done any such thing on the basis of which they would be served notice and arrested,” said Aqeel.
The police in the FIR said that it has served the notice to them but they have not accepted it. Therefore, they were arrested, said Aqeel.
The Muslim scholars were arrested on the evening of 3 November and presented in the magistrate court the next day.
The notice which was served to the delegation was issued by Panisagar police station asking them to appear before the police on 5 November. The notice talked about the charges which the police invoked against them. IPC sections 120 (B), 153 A, 153 B, 503, 504, and section 13 of ULA(P) alias UAPA were invoked against them saying there are “grounds to question you to ascertain facts and circumstances” from them.