The Prayagraj district administration has invoked the Nationwide Safety Act in opposition to activist Javed Mohammed in a case associated to violence that befell within the metropolis on June 10, The Indian Categorical reported on Sunday.
The violence had taken place throughout protests in opposition to disparaging remarks made by suspended Bharatiya Janata Social gathering spokesperson Nupur Sharma about Prophet Muhammad. The police arrested Javed Mohammed on June 11, and he’s presently lodged on the Deoria district jail.
Mohammed’s lawyer KK Roy mentioned that whereas the Act has been invoked in opposition to his shopper, he was but to obtain paperwork in that regard from the authorities, The Wire reported.
The legislation permits for an individual to be detained for a 12 months with out trial, and the interval could be prolonged if the federal government supplies contemporary proof in opposition to the individual.
“…What we really feel is that the fees are aimed toward selectively concentrating on Mohammed because the police has didn’t floor any substantial proof that he was concerned within the violence or that he incited any crowds,” he mentioned.
Roy mentioned that there was no proof of Mohammed having instigated violence. “Furthermore, the legislation and order scenario was maintained in Prayagraj – no curfew was even imposed – so primarily there isn’t any foundation for invocation [of the National Security Act].”
Civic authorities razed Mohammed’s home on June 12, a day after his arrest.
Whereas there are no provisions underneath Indian legislation to demolish the house of anybody accused of a criminal offense, this sample has been commonly noticed throughout BJP-ruled states. Most of these whose homes have been demolished on this method have been Muslims.
The Prayagraj Growth Authority claimed that it had given a show-cause discover to Mohammed, on Could 10, asking him to look for a listening to earlier than it on Could 24.
Nevertheless, Somaiya Fatima, the youthful daughter of Mohammed, advised Scroll.in that the household had not been served any discover concerning the alleged illegality of their home.
Roy had additionally questioned the legality of the demolition claiming that the home belonged to Mohammed’s spouse, however the order didn’t point out her title.