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Killing of five youth while they were handcuffed on their way to court in a police van warrants a judicial probe

April 09, 2015

Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos ethos has called the Telangana police killing of five detainees in a transportation van, a fake encounter and a case of “custodial killing.” The five youth with alleged links to Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), were being transported to a Hyderabad court for a hearing. Video footage of the police van given to Amnesty International by a journalist, shows five youth in the van after they were killed. All five were seen handcuffed in the video. The custodial killings are widely seen as revenge for two separate encounters in which fierce gun battles involving alleged members of SIMI with law enforcement in Telangana left four policemen dead.

“The killing of police personnel is condemnable in the strongest possible terms,” stated Mr. Umar Malick, President of IAMC. “However, the fact that the state chose to respond with the custodial killing of five handcuffed undertrials in a police van, should send alarm bells ringing for all who care about accountability and the rule of law,” added Mr. Malick.

In a separate incident, 20 suspected sandalwood smugglers were brutally gunned down by the police in Andhra Pradesh, prompting the National Human Rights Commission of India to call it a “serious violation of human rights.”

IAMC has echoed calls by Amnesty International and other civil liberties organizations in India for an independent probe into the Telangana killings. In a statement reported in the media, Abhirr V P, Senior Campaigner at Amnesty International India stated, “Impunity for extrajudicial executions is a serious issue in India. Authorities in Telangana need to urgently conduct an independent criminal investigation into the case to determine if it involved extrajudicial executions disguised as ‘encounter’ killings.”

One of the prisoners gunned down was Viqaruddin who had been framed by the police in the Mecca Masjid bomb blasts in 2007, and was among the 50 people that were later acknowledged as “wrongly arrested.”

This custodial killing is similar to several others that have taken place in recent years, such as Mohammed Qateel in 2012 and Khalid Mujahid in 2013, whose lives were cruelly snuffed out while in police custody or serving time in prison. During Mr. Modi’s tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat, there were several infamous cases of fake encounters involving victims from the Muslim community. Ishrat Jahan, a 19 year old girl from Mumbai was gunned down by the Gujarat police along with three other men in 2004. The encounter was carried out by disgraced Deputy Inspector General of Police D.G. Vanzara who was also implicated in the fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in 2007.

Vanzara has been released from prison after the Hindu nationalist government of the BJP came to power. In a resignation letter while in prison, he had gone on record stating that fake encounter killings in Gujarat were carried out with full knowledge and sanction of the Gujarat state government, then headed by Mr. Modi as Chief Minister. Forty other policemen accused of fake encounters have been released in Gujarat alone, under the new administration.

Indian American Muslim Council is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with chapters across the nation.

For more information, please visit http://www.iamc.com

CONTACT:
Indian American Muslim Council
Phone/fax: 1-800-839-7270
Email:info@iamc.com
Facebook: Indian American Muslim Council Twitter: @IAMCouncil
Address: 6321 W Dempster St. Suite 295,
Morton Grove, IL 60053.

REFERENCES
1. Telangana must investigate alleged extrajudicial executions of five Muslims : Amnesty International
http://muslimmirror.com/eng/telangana-must-investigate-alleged-extrajudicial-executions-of-five-muslims-amnesty-international/
2. Telangana cops in soup after Viqaruddin, four others die in “encounter”
http://www.firstpost.com/india/telangana-cops-in-a-soup-after-viqaruddin-four-others-die-in-encounter-2189639.html
3. Another innocent Muslim accused in Burdwan Blast acquitted
http://www.siasat.com/english/news/another-innocent-muslim-accused-burdwan-blast-acquitted
4. Amit Shah acquitted in fake encounter cases
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/gujarat-fake-encounter-cases-deadline-ends-today-cbi-may-not-file-plea-against-shahs-discharge/
5. Controversial Gujarat cop D.G. Vanzara leaves jail, says ‘Achhe Din’ are back
http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/former-gujarat-police-officer-dg-vanzara-walks-out-of-jail-740487
6. Sadiq encounter case: temporary bail to DySP Tarun Barot
http://zeenews.india.com/news/gujarat/sadiq-encounter-case-temporary-bail-to-dysp-tarun-barot_1560032.html
7. INDIA: Remedies to human rights violations a mirage, Asia Human Rights Commission, Feb 27, 2014
http://www.humanrights.asia/news/alrc-news/human-rights-council/hrc25/ALRC-CWS-25-14-2014

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A season of “clean chits” for the guilty and hounding of activists since the coming to power of Hindu supremacists 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 28, 2015

 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has marked the 13th anniversary of the Gujarat pogroms of 2002, by pledging to continue the struggle for justice, regardless of the passage of time and the vicissitudes in the electoral fortunes of the masterminds behind the genocide. IAMC has expressed its dismay over the brazen mockery of justice in cases related to the pogroms, since the new government came to power in May 2014.

The Gujarat pogroms of 2002 represent the most horrific case of mass targeted violence against a specific religious community in independent India. In systematic and organized attacks against Muslims, over 2,000 people were massacred and over 150,000 were displaced and rendered homeless. The genocide was accompanied by brutal forms of sexual violence against hundreds of women.
In several high-profile cases, the perpetrators have either been acquitted by the infamous and compromised Special Investigations Team (SIT), or granted bail after having been convicted. In parallel, activists such as Teesta Setalvad, who demonstrated exemplary courage in pursuing justice for the victims, are being hounded by the police and subject to harassment by the state under trumped-up charges.
Last Friday, six people accused in the barbaric killing of three British citizens during the Gujarat massacres were acquitted by the court for “lack of evidence.” The three Britons were Saeed and Shakil Dawood and Mohammad Aswat. They were burned alive near Prantij town of Gujarat’s Sabarkantha district.
“The denial of justice for the victims of the Gujarat pogroms compounds the enormity of the crimes committed against them in 2002,” stated Mr. Umar Malick, President of IAMC. “The BJP government has continued in the tradition of the Gujarat government, of shielding the guilty and harassing those that are striving to bring them to justice,” added Mr. Malick.
Indian American Muslim Council is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with chapters across the nation.

 

For more information, please visit http://www.iamc.com
CONTACT:

Indian American Muslim Council

Phone/fax: 1-800-839-7270
Email:info@iamc.com 

Address: 6321 W Dempster St. Suite 295, Morton Grove, IL 60053.

REFERENCES:
1. Gujarat govt. & Teesta Setalvad: Hounding Activists to Protect the Guilty
2. Gujarat govt says will continue probe against whistleblower Rahul Sharma after his retirement
3. Gujarat Riots: All 6 Accused of Killing of 3 British Nationals Acquitted
4. Teesta Setalvad’s lawyer Prashant Bhushan denied renewal of passport over traffic rule violation
5. After Kodnani, her former assistant gets bail in 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case
6. Naroda Patia massacre: Babu Bajrangi gets seven-day bail
7. Rights abuse rampant in India: Amnesty
8. India had highest level of social hostilities in 2013: Pew Research
9. “We have no orders to save you” – Report by Human Rights Watch
10. Concerned Citizens Tribunal – Gujarat 2002; An Inquiry into the Carnage in Gujarat

 

11. Riot Victims protest bail to Kodnani, others

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Case against Teesta a case of witch-hunt by Gujarat government say Indian Americans

February 20, 2015

Call for Independent investigation under Supreme Court’s supervision   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 18, 2015 Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has expressed strong support for noted human rights activist Teesta Setalvad and denounced the Gujarat Government for bringing frivolous charges motivated by political […]

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US concern over diminishing religious freedom in India is justified say Indian Americans

February 8, 2015

Attacks on churches, forced conversions to Hinduism and glorification of Gandhi’s assassin are manifestations of a divisive and hateful ideology   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sunday, Feb 08, 2015   The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has called President Obama’s expressions of concern over […]

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Indian Americans mark Republic Day with pledge to safeguard India’s Constitution

January 27, 2015

Letter draws President Obama’s attention to deteriorating situation with respect to religious freedom situation in India   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, January 26, 2015 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has marked India’s Republic Day with celebrations in four US cities, while pledging to […]

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IAMC Letter to President Obama on India visit

January 24, 2015

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Forced conversions in Agra and call for anti-conversion bill are brazen attacks on India’s Constitution say Indian Americans

December 14, 2014

Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has condemned the forced conversion of Muslims in Agra as well as the government’s suggested “remedy”, of pushing the anti-conversion bill, currently adopted in five states across India, as brazen attacks on […]

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Burning of church in Delhi an attack on minorities say Indian Americans

December 5, 2014

Expressions of solidarity with Christians in India, condemnation of hate speech by BJP Minister Niranjan Jyoti   Washington D.C – Wednesday, December 03, 2014 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos,has condemned the burning of St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Delhi on December 1, 2014 as […]

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India’s 68th Independence Day – A time to renew communal harmony and safeguard secularism

August 15, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has called on Indians across the world, to mark the occasion of India’s 68th Independence Day by finding ways to strengthen pluralism, and to renew communal harmony, in order to defeat the designs […]

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Supreme Court’s Acquittal of innocents in Surat 1993 bomb blasts case hailed by Indian Americans

July 20, 2014

Case is indicative of corruption in lower courts, logjam in judiciary July 20, 2014 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has lauded the landmark Supreme Court judgment acquitting the 11 innocent people accused of having carried out the bomb blasts in Surat (Gujarat) […]

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