PM urged to resolve issue of ‘innocent’ Muslims in jail

Led by CPM leader Sitaram Yechury and LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan, a 15-member multi-party delegation met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday and submitted a memorandum demanding the solution to the issue of Muslims lodged in jails even after terror charges against them have not been proved.

"The PM has assured that he will not only forward the memorandum to the Home Minister but also ask him to set up a mechanism by which this problem is resolved. We requested the PM that it should be time bound. He agreed with it," Yechury said.

Besides Yechury and Paswan, three Congress MPs — Mani Shankar Aiyar, Mohammad Haroon and Hanumanta Rao — were part of the delegation. The memorandum had the support of the CPI, SP, RJD, JD(U), NC, TDP, DMK and BSP. DMK's Kanimozhi had signed the memorandum too, but could not be present in the delegation.

"The PM expressed agreement with our sentiments. He said that he will get the Home Minister to prepare a concrete mechanism to address our concerns," Paswan said.

According to Yechury, Muslim youth, who were arrested under suspicion in cases pertaining to blasts in Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, Malegaon, Ajmer and Nanded, continue to remain in jail even after investigations established that other Right wing groups were responsible for the bombings.

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