Booked for protesting assault on Muslim bangle-seller, ten Muslim activists in Indore now face legal exile
….On August 22, 2021, the bangle-seller Tasleem Ali was attacked by a group of Hindu men in Indore’s Govind Nagar area…. Soon after the video went viral, a crowd of protesters gathered around Indore’s Central Kotwali police station on the midnight of August 22-23, demanding the arrest of Ali’s assaulters.
Speaking to The Leaflet, Pathan notes how he, along with two members of the Social Democratic Party of India…. reached the station…. We even appealed to the crowd to leave…. But the next day we found that police had registered an FIR against the three of us!”, said Pathan. On August 25, all three were served externment notices under sections 5(a) and 5(b) of the Madhya Pradesh State Security Act, 1990.
In the two weeks since the attack, externment notices have been sent to seven others, including four men affiliated to the local Indian National Congress party branch…. “All ten of us are Muslims; many of us had also been active during the anti-CAA-NRC movement in Indore. This attempt to exile us is another way to silence any assertion by Muslims for their basic rights”….