Posted by: informer | December 22, 2008

SON OF MUSLIM ACTIVIST ARRESTED BY NAGPUR ATS

New Delhi: A statement by the All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat (AIMMM) has issued a statement here: The Mushawarat has taken a strong view of the kidnapping, allegedly by the Nagpur ATS, of Mr Mohammad Talha, 23-year son of Maulana Aamir Rashadi, Principal of the famous Jamiatur Rashad Islamic educational institution in Azamgarh town and a well-known Muslim scholar and human rights activist in Uttar Pradesh. Mohammad Talha is a financial analyst in a multinational IT company in Hyderabad. He was returning to Hyderabad after spending his holidays in Azamgarh, by the Patna-Sikandarabad Express. He alighted at Nagpur at 11.30 pm alongwith a colleague to fetch water. Persons claiming to be from the ATS grabbed him, pushed his colleague to the floor and spirited Talha away. This morning he was allowed to speak to his father for a few minutes during which he pleaded with his father not to make any noises about his arrest, otherwise he will be in greater trouble. The same threat was later repeated by a person who claimed to be a police officer. Talha’s whereabouts are not known and it not certain who have kidnapped him.

Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, President of the AIMMM, said that the arrest of a techie who is the son of a well-known Muslim scholar and leader who has been in the forefront of the protest against the criminalisation of Azamgarh in the wake of the Batla House encounter, is a warning to all Muslims who are raising their voices against the injustices perpetrated by security agencies in the name of fighting terror. Prima facie it is a case of exerting pressure on an active human rights defender by kidnapping his son.

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