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Will rehab Muslim youths wrongly arrested for terror: NCM

NCM on Tuesday said it will play its role in the rehabilitation of those Muslim youths, who were "wrongfully jailed" for acts of terrorism once the due process of law for establishing their innocence is complete.



Aligarh: National Commission for Minorities
on Tuesday said it will play its role in the rehabilitation of
those Muslim youths, who were "wrongfully jailed" for acts of
terrorism once the due process of law for establishing their
innocence is complete.
NCM Chairman Wajahat Habibullah said, "It would be
inappropriate for me to elaborate on the rehabilitation plan
for such youths."

Habibullah was responding to the demand raised by AMU
faculty members for meting out justice to such detainees in
the Malegaon and Mecca Masjid blast cases, in the wake of
Swami Aseemanand`s confessions, who has said that he and
several of his accomplices had a direct role in Malegaon,
Samjhauta Express, Ajmer and Mecca blasts.

The NCM chief said it was the responsibility of the state
to ensure that those who were "wrongfully charged" for being
involved in acts of terror, are given an opportunity for
spending the remaining period of their lives as normal law
abiding citizens.

The teaching community at AMU also claimed that the Muslim
youths have been arrested without substantive proof and this
has come to light recently after special police investigators
in Maharashtra uncovered the role of some Hindu radical groups
in these acts of terror.
These youths were arrested by the security agencies in
connection with the Malegaon, Mecca Masjid, Ajmer Dargah and
Samjhauta Express blasts cases. However, many of them were
already out on bail. The total number of such youths could be
around 50.

Habibullah who was delivering a lecture on `Indian
democracy and minorities` organised by the Sir Syed Academy,
AMU, asked the members of the Muslim intelligentsia to take
the help of the Right to Information Act for clearing their
doubts and ensuring justice in all cases where they feel that
minorities have been "wrongly targeted".

PTI

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