Accusing Jammu Police of working like a private army of communal forces, Independent Lawmaker Er Rasheed has appealed human rights organizations to intervene and ensure that Jungle Raj comes to an end in Jammu before it is too late.
While addressing a press conference in Srinagar on Wednesday he said that while the Muslims in Jammu region have been living in a constant state of fear, the developments that have been taking place since last 15 days are absolutely disturbing.
Er Rasheed said: “Be it shameful conspiracy against the renowned social and political activist Talib Hussain, mysterious death of Murfad Shah or killing of cattle merchant in Gool Gulabgrah, every incident gives ample evidence that communal forces are highly polarizing the situation and using state machinery, especially Jammu police to bulldoze the genuine voices of Muslims of Jammu region.”
Er Rasheed said: “Since Talib Hussain’s hard and sincere efforts which had helped in reaching to the real culprits involved in eight-year-old Asifa’s rape and murder case had been endorsed by all genuine voices cutting across religious, regional ethnic and other affiliations, those always indulging in conspiracies against Jammu Muslims managed through money power taking advantage of Talib’s family dispute, only to ensure that Talib and other key witnesses in Asifa’s murder case are pressurized and debarred from giving testimony before the honorable court.”
“Is not it shameful for Jammu police to allow even civilian goons of Sang Parivar to beat him inside lockup and then file a case of attempt to suicide against the victim, who is not a criminal by any standards. The attempt seems to be part of a state-sponsored shameful conspiracy to hush-up Asifa rape and murder case and to silence all those voices who dare to speak for Jammu Muslims,” said Er Rasheed.
“Not only that Talib’s near and dear ones are not being allowed to meet him but one has a right to know why is not Talib being sent to judicial custody. The statements of the girl accusing Talib of molestation are enough to understand the conspiracy. Her open contradictions have exposed the fact that how the family dispute is being used to defame and demoralize Talib. While in one statement she claims Talib attempted to rape but in the next statement, she claims that when she went to Jungle Talib was already there and raped her. May one ask if Talib had been given PSO’s on the directions of Supreme Court, how come he would have been in the Jungle alone and the statements of his PSO’s should have been end of the debate when they reportedly have given an affidavit that Talib never visited even that area not even once since last one and a half month, the period in which he has been accused of molestation,” he said.
“Let the Supreme court or the government probe the matter through some independent agency as the designs behind the conspiracy are well known,” he said.
Er Rasheed appealed people of all communities in Jammu province to understand the fact that Talib is being dragged into controversy only to delay justice for Asifa. He reminded the citizens of Jammu of their claims that Asifa doesn’t belong to a particular community but is a daughter of entire humanity and daughter of Jammu as well.
Er Rasheed sought CBI probe into the brutal murder of Murfad Shah killed in the premises of Dr Farooq’s residence and said that all that is being said to justify the cold-blooded murder makes no sense.
He said “It is shameful that the FIR has been registered against the deceased and not against those who could have arrested him alive even if he would have been having arms with him. The facts reveal that Murfad had been visiting the place on occasions and it is obvious that there has been some deep conspiracy behind the incident.
Er Rasheed while seeking arrest of Army personnel involved in Gool Incident that resulted in the death of the cattle merchant said that though FIR has been lodged no further action has been initiated against the culprits. He further added that life of Muslim community in entire Jammu province is being made into hell especially by Jammu police.
Er Rasheed appealed PM Narendra Modi to intervene and said that it is already too late to make communal forces and fringe elements accountable in Jammu province.
He also appealed Governor N. N. Vohra to take measures to clean the police administration from communal elements and end the injustices and imbalances within the police force.
Citing examples, Er. Rasheed said “There can be nothing more a matter of concern than the fact that the local police officers are being sidelined in police administration and the presence of Kashmiri officers has been reduced to a nominal level, which is unacceptable. However, it is high time for the local top police cops to introspect that despite following every dictate of their masters and subjecting their own people to humiliation and torture without any proper reason, why they are being used and then thrown to a dustbin.”
“Removing local police officers from key postings is exposing the evil designs of those who are always keen to change the demography of the state and marginalize the majority community in J&K,” said Er Rasheed.
Er Rasheed appealed masses and religious clerks to express their solidarity with Jammu Muslims at all platforms.
He added that party will hold a strong protest in Srinagar tomorrow in solidarity with Jammu Muslims and in support of Article 35-A.
He reminded that it was AIP which has been cautioned people since from the day of its existence that Article 35-A is under serious threat and party used to raise voice against non-locals every time as such we don’t need sermons of anyone how to plead Kashmir cause.
Er Rasheed reminded the fact that we even had warned New Delhi not to compel us becoming Raj Thakray against outsiders, however, our only concern is that while pleading for 35-A should not dilute cause of right to self-determination.
Er Rasheed added that Mehbooba Mufti stands badly exposed for yet again by supporting BJP in the election of vice chairman of Rajsabha and she should understand that her politics of exploitation and deception has no takers. He said that despite so much of humiliation and being dismissed as if she was a class-IV casual labour, she still preferred not to annoy BJP.