Aurangabad, Nov-22: The Students Islamic Organization of India (SIO) Aurangabad (Maharashtra South Zone) today staged a dharna in front of the Divisional commissionerate demanding removal of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) which, they claimed, are being misused to arrest innocent Muslims.
Later, Delegation of SIO office-bearers submitted a memorandum to the collector, Nanded. While terming these laws draconian, they claimed that innocent Muslim youths are being arrested and harassed in the name of counterterrorism.
They demanded that the trial of the alleged cases of terrorism be held on a daily basis so as to save the lives of the innocent youth are being arrested and harassed in the name of counter-terrorism.
They demanded that the trial of the alleged cases of terrorism be held on a daily basis so as to save the lives of the innocent youths and the intelligence Bureau (IB), Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), special cells of the police and other security agencies be made accountable. The office-bearers of the SIO also demanded that the government should stop custodial torture of the accused and take action against personnel of investigating agencies responsible for fabricating evidence against innocent people.
Prominent among those who were present included Shaikh Nasir Johri, S Moizur-Rahman (President, SIO Maharashtra South), Balasaheb Garud (Shivarajya Party), Chandrakant Bansode (Maratha Swa Sangh ) and Col Durwesh Nahri of Muslim Nomainda Council.