TDN World Desk: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) demanded the dismissal of UP Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath and a high-level judicial probe into allegations of UP Police high-handedness.

Jamaat’s statement came after reports of Uttar Pradesh’s police brutality and firing bullets, which caused several deaths, on the protesters and non-protesters for allegedly indulging in violence during anti Citizenship law protests.

Addressing the monthly press meet here at its headquarters, JIH President Syed Sadatullah Hussaini said: “We reiterate our demand for the dismissal of the UP Chief Minister – Yogi Adityanath, who failed to discharge his constitutional obligations and unleashed a reign of terror in Uttar Pradesh by targeting a particular community through the misuse of the state machinery. We condemn the violence and high-handedness of the Uttar Pradesh police on its people in the name of controlling the anti-CAA protests. We also condemn the inflammatory language used by the UP CM who talked about taking “revenge” against the state’s own citizens.”

We will not allow ourdemocratic and secular country to turn into a police state. Why was there no violence during anti-CAA protests in non-BJP states? That is something fishy. We feel police indulged in large-scale violence in Uttar Pradesh. We can judge who was guilty only after a high level judicial probe as the UP police are denying any wrongdoing.”

JIH National Secretary for Community Affairs, Malik Mohtasim Khan talked about his visit to Uttar Pradesh. He said: “UP Police have fired indiscriminately and without provocation on peaceful protests on numerous occasions. The people who died in police firing received bullet injuries on the upper part of their bodies. Why did the police not fire at their legs instead? The UP Police entered homes, destroyed properties of citizens, and tortured the young and old in custody. Video evidence shows UP police smashing CCTV cameras and then proceeding to vandalize homes, cars and other vehicles.

All these atrocities seem to be directed towards the Muslim community. There are more than 20 reported deaths, hundreds injured and thousands of unnamed people are booked under various sections so that the police have an open license to arrest people randomly. We demand that this vindictive behavior by the UP government against the Muslim community must end.”

While addressing press briefing, Salim Engineer also condemned the violence around the Nankana Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan. He said: “It is the duty of the government of Pakistan to ensure the safety, sanctity and security of the religious site and protect the pilgrims and members of the Sikh community from any act of violence, arson and vandalism. We hope this issue is resolved at the earliest and any further escalation is prevented by timely action.”