For Immediate Release
Washington D.C., July 20, 2009
Indian Muslim Council-USA (http://www.imc-usa.org), an advocacy group dedicated towards safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, is concerned that the Andhra Pradesh police may have acted without due process in transferring custody of the suspect arrested at Hyderabad airport without obtaining a transient warrant from an appropriate court.
According to news from Hyderabad on Jul 19, 2009 Shaukatullah Ghori, was arrested as he arrived at the Rajiv Gandhi International airport on suspicions of his involvement in Akshardham temple attack. News reports quote police that Ghori was immediately handed over to Gujarat state police.
IMC-USA fears that AP police may have repeated the same mistakes of the previous arrests and handing over the custody of alleged accused to police of other states without the oversight of the courts as required by law.
Mr. Rasheed Ahmed, President of IMC-USA said that “The behavior of the Andhra Pradesh police as documented in the AP State Minorities Commission report compiled by an Independent Commissioner Advocate Ravi Chander following the illegal arrests and torture of 23 suspects accused in the Hyderabad bomb blasts in 2007 leaves little confidence in the A.P. Police’s professionalism”
Mr. Ahmed added that “I might add that almost all of these so called terrorists were later found innocent and acquitted by the criminal courts”. IMC-USA reminds that the draconian law like POTA has produced no positive results for the security of the nation; it has only made Indian citizens less free.
Indian Muslim Council-USA is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with 10 chapters across the nation.
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