Recalling former associates to police stations unethical, undemocratic: Jama’at

SRINAGAR: Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir has strongly condemned the “callous behaviour” of police while recalling released former associates of the party to police stations and allegedly forcing them to express their disassociation through newspapers. The party has appealed the world community, UNO and human rights bodies to use their due influence for stopping of “state suppressive policies” so that this uncertainty will come to an end.

Jama’at in a statement said, “Government of India has imposed ban on Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir on 28th February, 2019 during which its central, district, tehsil level leadership besides hundreds of associates had been arrested and were later detained in many police lock-ups, sub-jails, district jails and torture centres.” “Later on, many old age and unwell affiliates were got released but at present these people are recalled by the same police stations in one pretext or another.

Police officials are forcing them to express their disassociation publically through print media and then present themselves along with the same newspaper cuttings before the police,” it said. Government of India has restricted the activities of the party by alleging some grounds (which are still unproved in courts) should be contested democratically by New Delhi in courts instead of employing repressive and coercive methods, Jama’at said.

Jama’at said it strongly condemns this “callous attitude” of police and other forces while calling former associates and forcing them to express their disassociation publically through print media. Such measures are unethical and undemocratic on part of government forces, Jama’at said.