Maharashtra chief of Samajwadi Party, Abu Azmi on Monday said a law along the lines of
the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act should be enacted for Muslims to protect them from “particular section” of society.
“On the lines of the Prevention of Atrocities Act, a similar law should also be enacted for Muslims as they face atrocities and derogatory remarks from certain section of
society,” Azmi said.
He attacked Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray for the latter’s reported demand that the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act should be scrapped, terming it as “unconstitutional”.
Azmi alleged that the police and ATS are falsely implicating innocent Muslims in connection to IS.
“ATS is creating terror among Muslims and arresting youths from the community who have nothing to do with the terrorist organisation.
“In the past, the police had arrested Muslim youths for terror link and dumped them in prisons for many years, but later they were exonerated by court. Such police officers
should be punished as they are responsible for ruining the lives of innocent Muslim youths,” he said.
Referring to arrest of a man from Parbhani by ATS over his alleged IS links, Azmi alleged the agency has “cooked up the story”.
“Muslims and religious heads should condemn IS as the terrorist organisation is a blot on Islam and is tarnishing image of the religion,” he said.
“At a time when ‘Gau Rakshaks’ are attacking Dalits and Muslims, the governments at Centre and in State are playing the role of a mute spectator,” Azmi charged.
He also attacked Hyderabad-based MIM.