New Delhi: Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday urged Chief Ministers of all the states to ensure that no innocent person of minority community is unduly detained in the name of terror. In a letter to all the states, Shinde wrote: “The central government has received several representations alleging harassment of innocent Muslim youth by law enforcement agencies. Some of the minority youth have started feeling that they are deliberately targeted and deprived of their rights.” He further urged the CMs to “ensure that no innocent Muslim youth is wrongfully detained in the name of terror”.
Some of the minority youth have started feeling that they are deliberately targeted and deprived of their basis rights,” he wrote. The home minister emphasized that the government is committed to its core principle of combating terrorism in every form and manifestation. He also asked for the establishment of special courts in consultation with concerned high court for trial of terror-related cases, appoint special public prosecutors for trial of these cases and give priority to terror cases over other pending cases. The home minister further underlined the need for law enforcement officials to ensure “communal and social harmony while ensuring zero tolerance for terrorism.” “Strict and prompt action against erring police officers where there is malafide arrests of any member of minority community, wrongfully arrested, person should not only be released immediately but they should be suitably compensated and rehabilitated to join the mainstream,” he said.
In May, the central government has set up the 39 special courts under the NIA Act to take up terror-related cases. Minority Affairs Minister K Rahman Khan had also written to Shinde expressing concern over “wrong arrests” of Muslim youths in different parts of the country in terror cases. Appraising the Home Ministry of the concerns expressed by various Muslim bodies that the “draconian” provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act can be misused against minorities, Khan had proposed setting up of special courts to ensure speedy trial of all terror cases. Fully backing the Minority Affairs Minister’s suggestion of setting up of special courts, Shinde wrote back to him saying, “You have my assurance that this will happen”.