Ahmedabad: The Ahmedabad Police denied permission to Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind which planned to stage a protest against the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who visited the city on Wednesday without any proper reason.
The police even intercepted press conference which was going on in JUH state office at Khanpur and a quite number of police personnel was deputed around the office.
Furthermore, Mufti Arshad, Jamiat district General Secretary was detained at Gaekwad police station till late afternoon only to harass him, alleges the press statement released by JUH. He was let go only after a delegation went to police station.
Notwithstanding, at the directive of Maulana Mahmood Madani, JUH National General Secretary, many JUH Gujarat state leaders gathered at its state office with banners and placards opposing Netanyahu’s visit. JUH also held press conference at its scheduled time from 12 pm.
Addressing the press conference, JUH leaders came down heavily on the city police administration for denial of their democratic rights. Citing the protests that took place in Delhi and Mumbai, they wondered why they were not allowed the same in Ahmadabad.
“This is emergency like situation for us that we are forced to stay in our office and police are deployed around us” said the participants in the press conference.
“It is ironical that our country which has been a target of imperialist forces for decades – against which our forefathers sacrificed their lives – is shaking hands with the same mindset and power now. This is betrayal and insult of our age old tradition.”
“How can we welcome the leader of the country who is notorious for indiscriminate killing of innocent children at the time when we are going to hold centenary on horrific incident of Jallianwala Bagh massacre next year in 2019,” said the speakers.
Those who addressed the press conference included Maulana Hakeemuddin Qasmi, JUH national Secretary, Nisar Ahmad Ansari General Secertary Jamiat Ulama-Gujarat, Mufti Asjad Qasmi Vice President, Jamiat Ulama-i-Gujarat etc.
One more serious allegation against Ahmedabad police is that several media houses received the calls that scheduled press conference was cancelled, but Jamiat denies this doing and suspects police’s hand behind this.
“We did not call anyone about cancelling the press conference, it was possibly be done by police,” said Azeemullah Siddiqui. However, police officials have denied this allegation and refused to answer the basis on which Jamiat’s members were harassed.