Delegation calls on Uttarakhand DGP, appeals to end arbitrary arrests of Muslim youths in violence-hit Haldwani

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Muslim delegation handing over a memorandum to Uttarakhand DGP Abhinav Kumar at Dehradun on Monday.

India Tomorrow

DEHRADUN—A delegation comprising representatives of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind and Jamaat-e-Islami Hind on Monday called on state Director General of Police Abhinav Kumar and submitted him a memorandum urging him to stop forthwith arbitrary arrest of Muslims and threat and intimidation to Muslim families, besides easing the curfew to bring back the situation to normal in the violence-hit Haldwani.

JIH national assistant secretary Laeeq Ahmed Khan told India Tomorrow over phone that DGP assured the delegation that he would ensure that no arbitrary arrests took place. The delegation then told the DGP that they would keep track with the development and raise the issue with him again if any arbitrary arrest took place.

DGP also assured the delegation that curfew would be relaxed and lifted gradually.

Muslim delegation called on Uttarakhand DGP Abhinav Kumar

(A clash had taken place between the local Muslims and the police in Haldwani on Thursday after the local administration demolished a mosque and a madrasa despite the case being heard in the Uttarakhand High Court. Administration has claimed the death of five persons in police firing and injuries to several others. An indefinite curfew has been clamped in the areas where the violence took place on Thursday. No one, not even mediapersons, are allowed to enter the violence-hit areas).

The delegation also addressed mediapersons in the Dehradun Jama Masjid on the current situation in Haldwani and their meeting with administrative and police officials in Haldwani and Dehradun.

Muslim delegation members and ‘Shahar Qazi’ Mohammed Ahmed Qasmi addressing mediapersons in Dehradun’s Jama Masjid on Monday.

The delegation of the two organisations also met Dehradun’s Shahar Qazi Mohammed Ahmed Qasmi and representatives of a local NGO to fight the legal cases of Haldwani victims.

Mediapersons attending the press conference at Dehradun Jama Masjid in connection with the Haldwani clashes on Monday.

The delegation members included Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) vice-president Malik Moatasim Khan, Jamiat Ulema Hind (JUH) General Secretary Maulana Hakeemuddin Qasmi, JIH National Secretary Maulana Shafi Madani, JUH representative Maulana Ghayyur Qasmi and JIH National Assistant Secretary Laeeq Ahmed Khan.

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