By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, during a joint delegation of Muslim organisations’ visit to Assam, demanded strict punishment of the culprit and complete rehabilitation of evictees as per the law of the land.
Syed Sadatullah Husaini, President Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), while speaking at a press conference at JIH Headquarters on September 29 said, “What happened in Assam during eviction was inhuman and should be condemned in strongest possible words. Strong action should be taken against the photographer and the policemen who were mute spectator to these brutal incidents. There should be impartial inquiry into police firing; those evicted should be given immediate basic cares and should be rehabilitated permanently. Based on the report of fact-finding team that visited Assam, a detailed plan would be designed, keeping in mind the short term and long term requirements of evictees.”
The high level joint delegation comprised S. Ameenul Hasan, Vice President of JIH; Jamiat’s General Secretary Maulana Hakimuddin Qasmi, JIH Secretary Shafi Madani, and Salman Ahmed, President of SIO.
JIH vice-president S. Ameenul Hasan, while addressing media persons, said, “We visited affected areas and families and found the ground situations to be very pathetic. We met Chief Minister for about 50 minutes and raised our concern and stressed that without alternate arrangement the eviction was inhuman. We also demanded smooth resettlement of these evictees because resettlement process generally gets entangled in legal process and takes a very long time. We asked the Chief Minster to expedite the legal process so that the resettlement can be done soon. The Chief Minster has assured that he would examine it legally and will do what we can.”
“We also raised our concern on disproportionate use of force against unarmed civilians, which is against the law and humanitarian ground. Those who have lost their lives should be duly compensated and those evicted should be completely rehabilitated. We also met DC and SP and raised our concern and our demands,” added Hasan.
Shafi Madani, JIH National Secretary, another member of the delegation, informed the presspersons that the eviction of about 900 families living along the river in Dholpur village of Darrang District was carried out to implement an organised farming project on 25,000 acres of land.