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Open letter to Election Commission to Restrain BJP targeting the Muslim community in Jamia and Batla House area

by Jamia Teachers Solidarity Group, 24 November 2008

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Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Group

November 20, 2008.

To
- Mr. N. Gopalaswami
- Chief Election Commissioner of India
- Nirvachan Sadan
- Ashoka Road
- New Delhi 110001.

Subject: Demand to Restrain Bhartiya Janta Party targeting the Muslim community in Jamia and Batla House area in their election campaign.

Dear Sir,

Following the incident of encounter at L-18 in the Batla House area on September 19, 2008 where a MA Previous year student of Jamia Millia Islamia and a 17-year old boy were killed by the Special Cell on the ground of their involvement with the bomb blasts in Delhi and other cities of the country, Bhartiya Janta Party had been actively engaged in a virulent hate campaign fomenting communal sentiments in the country to garner votes in their favour. Two of the five young men who are in police custody for their alleged involvement in seditious activities are students of Jamia Millia Islamia, while the other three were young men seeking out a career in the city. The recent findings of the CBI regarding the activities of the Delhi Police Special Cell has cast a serious aspersion over the credibility of their findings and since the issue of Batla House ‘encounter’ is yet to be produced before the court of law, one cannot pronounce them as guilty. Thus, the constant reference by the BJP to the deceased (one of whom was a minor) and the five arrested as terrorists is not only malicious and politically motivated but also legally invalid.

We urge your office to immediately intervene in the matter and take necessary action against a political party like the Bhartiya Janta Party who have been campaigning for the forth-coming elections in a language that is contrary to the secular, democratic spirit of the Indian Constitution.

Thanking you,

Yours’ truly,

Anuradha Ghosh 9868881756
- Sreerekha 9868120339
- Manisha Sethi 9811625577
- Adil Mehdi 9990923027
- Neshat Quaiser 26952309
- Tanvir Fazal 9968822925
- Ahmed Sohaib 9899462042