‘Minorities shouldn’t be harassed after blasts’

Last Updated: Monday, July 18, 2011 - 23:30

Mumbai: In the wake of death of Faiz Usmani,
who was picked up for questioning by the police in connection
with serial blasts, a delegation of state minorities
commission and human rights organizations on Monday pleaded with
the heads of two agencies probing the explosions that
minorities should not be harassed after every blast.

The delegation told Maharashtra`s Anti Terrorism Squad
head Rakesh Maria and Mumbai Crime Branch chief Himanshu Roy
that minorities should not always be brought under scanner.

Noted film maker and civil rights activist Mahesh Bhatt
who was part of the delegation told the IPS officials that,
"There is a feeling among the minorities that they are
harassed after every blast. After the death of Usmani, the
feeling has only grown. We are here to address this issue."

Both the officials promised the delegation that they
would take corrective steps if the members of the delegation
bring to their notice any step by police they feel improper
and against any individual or group.

Stating that they were satisfied with the reply from Roy
on the "unfortunate" death of Usmani, Movement for Human
Welfare president Azimuddin said, "Roy told us that his team
has followed all the procedures before bringing Usmani to
their unit for questioning. I think police played a neutral
role."

Azimuddin also added that multi dimensional angle should
be probed into the blasts. "After every blast, members of the
Muslim community are picked by police for questioning. This
should not happen."

PTI



First Published: Monday, July 18, 2011 - 23:30

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