Campus Front leader Rauf Shareef tests positive for coronavirus in Mathura jail

Campus Front of India (CFI) national general secretary Rauf Shareef, who was arrested by Uttar Pradesh Police in Hathras conspiracy case, has tested positive for novel coronavirus in Mathura jail on Sunday.

He has been isolated within the jail, according to his brother Salman Shareef.

“There are no proper food and treatment in jail. His health condition is not well now,” Salman Shareef told Maktoob.

Rauf Shareef who was arrested from Kerala in February 2021 by UP Police, is an active face of many protests including anti-CAA agitations and a national office bearer of Campus Front of India, student wing of Popular Front of India.

Shareef is in Mathura jail now with Malayalam journalist Siddique Kappan and six other Muslim youths under draconian UAPA charges in Hathras conspiracy case.

He was earlier arrested by ED under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in December 2020 and got bail in the case after two months.

Many including rights groups and opposition leaders observed that the arrests of Muslim youths in Hathras conspiracy case are the efforts of the Uttar Pradesh government to destroy evidence, scuttle the rape and murder case in Hathras and protect the perpetrators, dominant caste men of the Thakur community.

The targeting of Muslim activists and journalists is a wanton effort to deflect blame, colour the case and shield the real perpetrators, they said.

Many pointed that the charge of Hathras conspiracy is reminiscent of the Bhima Koregaon-Elgaar Parishad case and the North East Delhi pogrom.