Karat meets Akhilesh, seeks package for freed Muslim youths

CPM general secretary Prakash Karat and party leader Subhashini Ali met Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday demanded rehabilitation and compensation for Muslim youths who have been acquitted by court on terror charges.

The Communist leaders gave a list of nine such youths who have been acquitted by the court. The list included Wasif Haider, Shafat Rasool and Haji Ateeq, all Kanpur residents, who had to spend eight years each in jail, and Mumtaz Ahmed who was freed after nine years in prison.

Others were Ghulam Jilani (Kanpur), Mohammad Zuber (Kaushambi), Abdul Mobeen (Sidharthnagar), Bilal Ahmed Dar and Gulzar Ahmad Wani ( both from Kashmir). All nine were accused in different terror cases registered at different police stations of Kanpur between 2001 and 2003. Karat and Ali demanded that the youths have been proved innocent, but are unemployed and should be given proper jobs according to their qualification.

State spokesperson of Samajwadi Party Rajendra Choudhary, who was present at the meeting, informed that the CM assured the CPM leaders that the state government was serious about such matters. "The SP had mentioned in its poll promises that those Muslim youths who have been put behind bars on fake terror charges will not only be released but given justice and compensation. We stand by on our manifesto and will fulfill it," Choudhary said.

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