Far too often the police in India arrests, tortures and even kills innocent citizens and pleads that all this happened during an encounter. The Batla House ‘Encounter’ which happened one year ago in Jamia University, New Delhi, is one example of atrocity against innocent Muslims.


The Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association Resolutions adopted at the All India Convention on State, Democracy and ‘Terrorism’: One Year after Batla House ‘Encounter’, 1st October, Jamia Millia Islamia.


1. This house resolves to strengthen the movement for the demand of an independent and fair probe into the Batla House ‘Encounter’. It demands the Prime Minister to immediately institute a Judicial Enquiry into the ‘encounter’.


2. This house rejects the partisan and biased enquiry by the NHRC, which refused to take cognizance of the points raised by the civil rights activists, and which failed to even visit the site of the ‘encounter’ to meet possible eye witnesses and neighbours.


3. This house demands speedy justice for the accused and arrested youth. The filing of separate charge sheets in different blasts, even in the same city, implies that the trials will be prolonged for years. We demand that a mechanism of parallel trials be evolved in order to ensure the time-bound conclusion of trials.


4. This house notes with great alarm the communally biased torture and mistreatment of accused in the terror related cases in the various jails across the country. In particular, the brutal violence in Sabarmati Central Jail on March 27, 2009, and the violence that SIMI accused were subjected to by Jail authorities in Jaipur on 21st September on Eid.


5. This house demands immediate punishment for the police personnel responsible for the extra judicial killing of Chungkham Shanjit and Rabina Devi in July 2009.


6. This house expresses outrage at the continuing arrests of democratic rights activists in Manipur and their torture in police custody. It demands the immediate and unconditional release of all those arrested in relation to the protests in the state since August 2009.


7. This house demands the repeal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the states of Northeast and Kashmir, which has bred an atmosphere of impunity.


8. This house demands that the NHRC guidelines pertaining to encounter killings be scrupulously adhered to, and all those police and security personnel who indulge in extra judicial killings be booked under culpable homicide.


9. All those found guilty of implicating innocents as terrorists, as in the case where the Delhi Police Special Cell fabricated evidence to claim two young men as operatives of Al Badar, should be given exemplary punishment.


10. This house demands the Rajasthan government and the central government to investigate the Ajmer blasts, which the late Hemant Karkare, IG, ATS, Maharashtra was pursuing.


11. This house resolves to build a wide political movement for the defence of human rights and for the revamping of the state and national human rights commissions.


12. This house urges the Indian government to immediately halt the violence against the advisasis in Chattisgarh, Orissa, Jhakrkhand and West Bengal in the name of fighting Maoists.


Endorsed by :

Manisha Sethi, Adeel Mehdi, Anwar Alam and Sanghamitra Misra (for Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association)

Mukul Sinha (Jan Sangharsh Morcha)

Shafeeq Mahajir (Advocate, Heyderabad)

Kavita Srivastava (PUCL)

Ramgopal Yadav (Samajwadi Party)

Dinesh Varshney (Communist Party of India)

Kavita Krishnan (Communist Party of India [Marxist Leninist])

M.K. Muneer (Indian Union of Muslim League)

Javed Akhtar (Ulema Council)

Released by Manisha Sethi (9811625577) and Adeel mehdi (9990923027) on behalf of Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association 

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