Six SIMI members surviving on saline water in Bhopal jail , others facing torture and religious slur

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By Syed Zubair Ahmad

Bhopal/ New Delhi : As many as six members of Students Islamic Movement of India ( SIMI) have gone on hunger strike after they were allegedly forced to chant Jai Sriram for food at Bhopal Central Jail, triggering the family members of the banned outfit to raise the issue with rights bodies and a couple of Muslim organisations. The jail authorities, however, refuted the allegations saying they “don’t want to live in solitary confinement, wanting us” to set them free from the cell.

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Dr. Abu Faisal, Qamruddin , Kamran,  Saduli PA and Shibily, who have been on hunger strike  in Central Jail Bhopal from last month, are surviving on saline water now. The trial and tribulation has become a permanent fate for the 31 members of the banned Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) – including the 10 convicts who have been  languishing in  jail for over a decade, alleged the family members.

Bhopal Central Jail Superintendent Dinesh Nargave told Muslim Mirror on phone that they were provided with all necessary things as per the law. Seemingly unfazed by the fact that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) too confirmed the “ill treatment and abused meted out to the inmates”, Nargave said, “We have put across our views to the NHRC and they are satisfied.”

In October 2020, they did the same before being admitted to hospital following deterioration of their health conditions, said the family members who have been complaining about all sorts of harassment – mental, physical – inside the jail after the 2016  ‘jail break’ incident followed by the controversial police ‘encounter’ in which eight SIMI members were killed.

The convicts, who are in solitary confinement, complained that policemen often knock their doors at night only to ask about their “well-being” while in daytime, on several occasions, they were given food or water only after chanting Jai Sri Ram. The cops also allegedly desecrated the Holy Quran before them.

The relatives of the accused have written a letter to several Muslim organizations. Some points from the letter.

1-Misbehaving and abuses.

2-Threatening.

3-Religious abusing including.  desecration of  Holy Quran.

4-Caging in  solitary confinement for 23 hours continuously.

5- Slapping false jail cases.

6- No treatment of sick ,  old medicine being served.

7-Making  wake up after two hours whole the night.

8- Giving sleeping pills at night and  in case of no reply from inside slapping of jail cases.

9- No letter to or from home allowed.

10-Giving less time to the visitors and harassing them during meeting.

11-All prisoners were  allowed to talk to relatives on phone during Lockdown but they were denied the same.

12-Despite order from jail authority, no complaint box was provided.

13- Treated  like slave and sub- humane by police in jail.

NHRC report confirmed complaints of abuses

The investigation of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has confirmed the complaints of abuses and harassments  in jail.

“The Commission had taken serious note of the complaint and sent a team to investigate the matter in June 2017. The investigation team interacted with prisoners, their families, jail authorities, lawyers and social activists. Following complaints that the violence had escalated again after a brief lull, in December 2017 a second team made a short follow-up visit,” the report said.

The NHRC report said that prisoners are being brutally beaten up by jail staff. Several prisoners had injury marks which the staff could not explain. Prisoners being deprived of sleep, too.

In a shocking revelation, the report said that “jail staff seem to harbour religious antagonism to these prisoners which is reflected in inhuman treatment”. The prisoners complain that they are forced to chant slogans against their religion and are beaten up if they refuse.

Unfair trials

Surprisingly  the  trial of  10  accused  (Safdar Nagori –  Zahirul Hasan Ujjain MP, 2. Mohammad Ansar  – Abdul Razak Kerala, 3. Qamruddin Nagori – Chand Mohammad Ujjain MP, 4. Amil Parvez – Qazi Saifuddin Ujjain MP, 5. Kamran Siddiqui , Khandwa MP, 6. Shibly – Abdul Karim. Kerala 7. Shaduly – Abdul Karim Kerala, 8. Hafiz Husain – Karnataka 9.  Mohammad Yaseen – Fareed Khan  10. Ahmed Baig Mirza –  Hyderabad )  were going on in different cities of Madhya Pradesh  while they were lodged in Sabarmati jail , Ahmedabad . Later all of them were  found guilty of sedition, collecting arms and waging war against the government of India. After the court decision they were shifted to  Bhopal Central Jail from Sabarmati Central Jail . Now  their trial is going on  in Ahmedabad through video conferencing  but  they are facing torture  in Central  Jail Bhopal.

Media trial

“We request media people to highlight our sufferings instead of being hostile to us. Our families are undergoing unthinkable trauma and sufferings,” said Khalil, cousin of one of the accused, Aqeel. “It’s disgusting that they are being  presented before a judge through videoconferencing with saline water on their nose and hands,” he added.

‘We want fair trial and proper treatment of the accused as per  legal and  constitutional rights. They are being treated worse than animals. They are not being provided even  with brush and toothpaste as jail authority claims they can use toothbrush in jail breaking,  It is really tormenting,’ said Haidar Hussian Nagori, elder brother of Safdar Nagori.

The BJP government banned SIMI in 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks in US.  The ban was lifted in August 2008 by a special tribunal, but was reinstated by K G Balakrishnan,  then  Chief Justice, on 6 August 2008 on ‘national security grounds’.

However most of its members including its national president Dr. Shahid Badar were acquitted by courts after several years in Jail.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Later all of them were found guilty of sedition, collecting arms and waging war against the government of India

    thats enough to give them much more what they r receiving

  2. This is sheer injustice. However, I pity the rights bodies and Muslim organisations for keeping mum on such news. At least, a probe should be ordered and guilty must be brought into book.

    • muslim organization keeping mum on terrorist areeb majeed getting bail also u better repare punctures .. they have been found guilty (can u read ?)

      • @ankit aka hindu sewer rat,

        You’re the one who can’t read, you subliterate gobar eater. It is Hindus who continue to silently and openly support Hindu extremism and terrorism. There is no justice for non-brahmins in the fascist RSS run India. Learn some proper English before attempting to type nonsense, sanghi bhangi.

        • so Mr. Blackie wants terrorist to roam freely bcz they belong to their caste .. such type of mentality if screwing ur entire community. Go ten generations before and see which religion you belong to , ur forefathers got scared of their life and changed their religion so that they can live … zindagi bhar puncture hi theek karoge, aur ab to tubeless tyre ka zamaana hai

          • @aatanki ankit aka hindu gutter monkey

            Who said they are terrorists? No one, but the Hindu kangaroo court system which is known to be notoriously corrupt, where there is no concept of justice. Not to mention fake encounters and extra-judicial killings by Hindu terrorists which are given the green light. A cow and monkey has more rights in India then a human being. You dirty smelly IT cell low IQ whatsapp university Hindu cow worshippers are beyond retarded and downright stupid. Unlike primitive and backward superstitious Hindus, Muslims worship GOD, not supposed pagan ancestry, or idols of animals etc. 10 generations ago you were a slave of the Brahmin death, and you are still that way because of Hindu criminality and backward mindset impedes development and progress. Your forefathers were spineless cowards which is why you are still trapped in the Hindu death cult. You should thank Muslims for bringing civilization to you. Go learn some basic English, sadak chaap sanghi bhangi bikari.
            Puncture tumari maa ki chut meh karenge aur dus peedi tak. Shakal bhi teri jaleve tire ki tare lol Ja keh gau shalla meh gobar kha.

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