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Bangalore: Addressing a press conference, October 4, community leaders and noted rights defenders expressed deep concern over the happenings in the country, particularly forcible eviction in Assam and the arrest of venerated Islamic scholar Maulana Kalim Siddiqui. They urged the government to check communal hatred and violation of democratic values in the country.

They said since the BJP came to power in Assam, it has started evicting thousands of people in the Muslim-majority residential areas. Three months ago, 300 families were evicted from their homes in the Dhobi district. Two years ago, 445 families were evicted from the Chotia area of Biswanath district. In the Fact Sheet, 21 Documents released include Protection against forced evictions and arbitrary demolition and destruction of one’s home.

Referring to the recent happenings in Assam, they said it is a disgrace to any civilized society and state to evict people from their dwellings without arranging alternative accommodation. The government has evacuated about 900 families of Dholpur in the Darang district without following due process of law. The evacuation process was given a communal color, and inhumane treatment was adopted, and police resorted to firing in which two persons, including a 13-year-old boy, were killed

According to the interpretation of the law, alternative accommodation must be arranged for those who are relocated, but this was not done in Dholpur village of Darang district, they pointed out. The evacuation process has been carried out to implement the Organized Farming Project on 25,000 acres of land.

They said an impartial, transparent investigation should be carried out, action should be taken against the erring officers, and immediate arrangements should be made for the resettlement of the affected families.

According to the order of the Supreme Court, these homeless people should be rehabilitated immediately.

They also pointed out that India has ratified the international law recognizing housing as a fundamental human right. The right to adequate housing is also granted to everyone. However, what is happening in Assam suggests that the BJP government does not care about this legal and moral responsibility. It is treating the poor and the homeless as criminals to show their progress by accusing them of ‘aggression’ and ‘illegal residents.’ This attitude of ev iction is against the basic principles of our Constitution. Therefore, it should be abandoned, and steps should be taken to rehabilitate the homeless as soon as possible

On the arrest of renowned scholar Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui by the Uttar Pradesh ATS, they said it is a matter of concern for all the just citizens of the country. All charges against him should be taken back, he should be released immediately, and justice should be done to him. They further said Maulana Siddiqui is a respected person not only among Muslims but also in non-Muslim society.

“His arrest has caused unrest in a large section of the population. The arrest has once again raised questions about the UP government”

They said that it is also a vicious attempt to promote Hindu-Muslim hatred in the context of the upcoming elections in UP.

The reality of the allegations against Maulana is also understandable in the context of the ongoing accusations and harassment of various esteemed personalities of the society; they said and warned that the misuse of police and law enforcement agencies for such operations is extremely dangerous for the future of the country.

Mufti Iftiqar Ahmed Qasmi addressed press Conference, President, Jamiatul Ulama, Karnataka; Dr. Muhammad Saad Belgami, President, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Karnataka; Janab Muhammad Aslam, Convenor, JamiatAhl-e-Hadees, Karnataka; Prof. Rajendra, President, PUCL, Karnataka; Dr. Vasu,Social Activist, Bangalore;and Janab Muhammad Yusuf Kanni (Convenor),Vice President, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Karnataka.Bangalore: Addressing a press conference, October 4, community leaders and noted rights defenders expressed deep concern over the happenings in the country, particularly forcible eviction in Assam and the arrest of venerated Islamic scholar Maulana Kalim Siddiqui. They urged the government to check communal hatred and violation of democratic values in the country.

They said since the BJP came to power in Assam, it has started evicting thousands of people in the Muslim-majority residential areas. Three months ago, 300 families were evicted from their homes in the Dhobi district. Two years ago, 445 families were evicted from the Chotia area of Biswanath district. In the Fact Sheet, 21 Documents released include Protection against forced evictions and arbitrary demolition and destruction of one’s home.

Referring to the recent happenings in Assam, they said it is a disgrace to any civilized society and state to evict people from their dwellings without arranging alternative accommodation. The government has evacuated about 900 families of Dholpur in the Darang district without following due process of law. The evacuation process was given a communal color, and inhumane treatment was adopted, and police resorted to firing in which two persons, including a 13-year-old boy, were killed

According to the interpretation of the law, alternative accommodation must be arranged for those who are relocated, but this was not done in Dholpur village of Darang district, they pointed out. The evacuation process has been carried out to implement the Organized Farming Project on 25,000 acres of land.

They said an impartial, transparent investigation should be carried out, action should be taken against the erring officers, and immediate arrangements should be made for the resettlement of the affected families.

According to the order of the Supreme Court, these homeless people should be rehabilitated immediately.

They also pointed out that India has ratified the international law recognizing housing as a fundamental human right. The right to adequate housing is also granted to everyone. However, what is happening in Assam suggests that the BJP government does not care about this legal and moral responsibility. It is treating the poor and the homeless as criminals to show their progress by accusing them of ‘aggression’ and ‘illegal residents.’ This attitude of ev iction is against the basic principles of our Constitution. Therefore, it should be abandoned, and steps should be taken to rehabilitate the homeless as soon as possible

On the arrest of renowned scholar Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui by the Uttar Pradesh ATS, they said it is a matter of concern for all the just citizens of the country. All charges against him should be taken back, he should be released immediately, and justice should be done to him. They further said Maulana Siddiqui is a respected person not only among Muslims but also in non-Muslim society.

“His arrest has caused unrest in a large section of the population. The arrest has once again raised questions about the UP government”

They said that it is also a vicious attempt to promote Hindu-Muslim hatred in the context of the upcoming elections in UP.

The reality of the allegations against Maulana is also understandable in the context of the ongoing accusations and harassment of various esteemed personalities of the society; they said and warned that the misuse of police and law enforcement agencies for such operations is extremely dangerous for the future of the country.

Mufti Iftiqar Ahmed Qasmi addressed press Conference, President, Jamiatul Ulama, Karnataka; Dr. Muhammad Saad Belgami, President, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Karnataka; Janab Muhammad Aslam, Convenor, JamiatAhl-e-Hadees, Karnataka; Prof. Rajendra, President, PUCL, Karnataka; Dr. Vasu,Social Activist, Bangalore;and Janab Muhammad Yusuf Kanni (Convenor),Vice President, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Karnataka.

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