The arrest of Dr.Kafeel Khan on charges of National Security Act has attracted criticism.
Twitter also reacted sharply to the ongoing police hunting of Kafeel Khan, with many denouncing the application of sedition, NSA and draconian laws including UAPA on dissent voices.
The Uttar Pradesh government has slapped the National Security Act (NSA) on Gorakhpur doctor Kafeel Khan for allegedly making “inflammatory and provocative comments” against CAA, NRC and BJP’s anti-Muslim politics at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) last month.
Though he was granted bail in the case four days ago by a CJM court, Dr. Kafeel Khan has been languishing in the Mathura jail.
On Friday, his brother Adeel Khan said Dr. Kafeel Khan “received” papers of the NSA through the jail authorities but the family was yet to see the documents.
“Dr Kafeel is being harras without any reseaon.He has always perform his duty beyond any self gain & so he should be given respect & treated with dignity,” Kafeel Khan’s wife Dr Sabista khan said.
“In UP, NSA has been repeatedly used by Yogi to target & persecute Dalits, Muslims & dissidents. A doctor is not a threat to national security. A CM saying “thok denge” & “boli nahi toh goli” is definitely a threat to national security,” MIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted.
“How is Kafeel Khan a threat to national security? Is organising free medical camps for poor a threat to national security? Or saving lives of infants?,” activist Umar Khalid asks.
“How many Doctors, Medical Associations, people raising Voice for Oppressed If they can’t stand up for one of their own,For sake of some political profits, So,Remember This Today it’s Kafeel Khan tomorrow it can be you, Fascism is blinded from humanity and truth,” Fahmi Najeeb, graduate student at Lady Sriram College, University of Delhi tweeted.
“Brutal abuse of power has been rampant across states under BJP rule.” Students organization Fraternity Movement demands Dr. Kafeel Khan’s unconditional release.
According to the FIR, Kafeel said in his speech: “Mota Bhai’ is teaching everyone to become Hindu or Muslim but not a human being. He does not believe in the constitution since the RSS came into existence. The CAA makes Muslims a second category citizen and subsequently they will be harassed with the implementation of the NRC.”