Muslim leaders demand withdrawal of FIR against Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan

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Leaders of prominent Muslim organizations including Jamiat Ulema e Hind, Milli Ittehad Council, Bareilly, and Jamaat e Islami Hind have issued a joint statement for condemning the police action and demanding to withdraw the FIR registered against Chairman of the Delhi Minorities Commission Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan.

“The biased role of Delhi Police has once again been exposed by its action against the Chairman of the Delhi Minorities Commission over something he tweeted a few days back,” the statement reads.

The signatories include  Jamiat Ulema e Hind chiefs Maulana Arshad Madani and Maulana Mehmood Madani, Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan of Milli Ittehad Council, Bareilly, chief of Jamaat e Islami Hind Syed Sadatullah Hussaini, Ameer Jamaat e Islami Hind Maulana Wali Rahmani, Dr. Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas of Welfare Party of India, Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Salfi of Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees, President of Muslim Majlis e Mushawaat Navaid Hamid and Darul-Uloom Nadwatul Ulama scholar Syed Salman Husaini Nadwi.

“The Delhi Police officers reached his residence without any prior notice and were adamant to take him along with them. This kind of action during the lockdown, exactly before iftar time, against the head of a quasi-judicial institution, gives an idea about the level to which the police can stoop,” leaders said.

Muslim leaders said that after failing to arrest those responsible for the huge loss of life and property during the riots of North-East Delhi in February this year, the Delhi Police is targeting Muslims in different ways.

“Ignoring the nefarious activities, poisonous speeches, statements, and organized attacks, well known to the whole world and punishing those who raise their voice for the oppressed or to target those who oppose the government policies at the hands of the police, is extremely dangerous for the entire country,” they added.

Delhi Police’s special cell booked Zafarul Islam Khan under sedition charges for ‘provocative’ remarks in the tweet which he called out islamophobia in India.

In a social media post on April 28, he had thanked Kuwait “for standing with Indian Muslims” and for reacting to the tide of Islamophobia in India. Khan’s post read, “The Hindutva bigots calculated that given the huge economic stakes involved the Muslim and Arab world will not care about the persecution of Muslims in India.”

More than hundred rights activists on Sunday issued a public statement defending Dr Khan and condemning the sedition charges.

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