Jamaat-e-Islami Hind backs Shinde remarks, demands action
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A day after the BJP decided to boycott Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, prominent Muslim outfit Jamaat-e-Islami Hind on Saturday came out in his support. Welcoming his remarks about terror training in BJP and RSS camps, it said mere statements were not enough and demanded action including investigation against Nashik-based Bhonsala Military School, Abhinav Bharat and Sanatan Sanstha.
"This statement is insufficient. He should take practical steps in the light of information provided by his department and other investigative agencies," said Jamaat president Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari.
He said Shinde's statement that the "poison of hatred and communalism" which is being spread in the country for a long time by organisations like RSS and BJP should be brought to an end was welcome.
He also sought a high-level investigation to fix accountability for the arrest of innocent Muslim youths wrongly arrested and jailed in connection with bomb blasts, which were the "handiwork of communalists".
"Those innocent youths should be released forthwith and the real culprits should be appropriately dealt with. Thorough investigation should also be made about Bhonsala Military School, Abhinav Bharat, Sanatan Sanstha and different Senas and every source of communalism and terrorism should be closed," he said.
Regarding violence against women, the Jamaat chief said the problem cannot be solved just by legislation. The government has already decided to bring an ordinance to strengthen laws related to sexual violence against women.
MLA objects to TTEs drinking in train, beaten up
BJP MLA from Agiaon (Bhojpur) was beaten up by trainee train ticket examiners after he objected to them drinking on a train on Friday. The incident took place in Danapur-Howrah train when BJP MLA Shivesh Kumar was travelling with his wife and their six-month-old baby. As Kumar took objection to fellow passengers, the trainee TTEs, drinking, they got into an argument with him and beat him. They also allegedly passed indecent comments at the MLA's wife. Bakhtiyarpur railway police said the MLA's wife called up woman helpline that alerted the railway police. Two TTEs, Pankaj Sinha and Saurav Singh, were arrested.