Jamia coordination committee media coordinator Safoora Zargar arrested

The Delhi Police on Saturday arrested a media coordinator of the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC) in connection with the Delhi riots.
Safoora Zargar

New Delhi, April 12 : The Delhi Police on Saturday arrested Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC) core member and media coordinator Safoora Zargar in connection with the Delhi riots case.

Safoora was arrested by the Delhi Police for her alleged role in orchestrating the violence that erupted in the North East part of the national capital in February.

The Delhi Police on April 2 arrested another student of Jamia Milia Islamia for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to incite communal riots in northeast Delhi. Meeran Haider (35), a PhD student at Jamia, is the president of RJD youth wing’s Delhi unit.

Haider was later sent to 3-day police custody by a Delhi court.

Confirming her arrest, a member from the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC) said, “Safoora has been arrested in FIR no. 150/2020 by the police accusing her for having a role in orchestrating the North East Delhi violence.”

“A bail plea has been moved citing that Safoora is three months pregnant and hence, her health should be taken care of,” the member said.

A senior police official said, “Safoora has been accused for protesting and obstructing the road near Jaffrabad and only after this protest allegedly clashes broke out in the area.

The Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC), a group comprising students and alumni from the varsity, condemned the arrest and demanded his immediate release.

Earlier this week, Muslim organisations and civil society members wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah urging him to stop the “harassment” of social activists and students by the Delhi Police during the ongoing lockdown.

The letter claimed that there has been “a series of detentions and arrests” of social activists and student leaders by the Delhi Police.

“Upon preliminary study, it appears that the police crackdown is directed against those involved in the peaceful anti-CAA-NRC movement, which was undertaken for the protection of our Constitution, democratic ethos and civil liberties,” the letter said.

“We have observed that highly respected social activists are being implicated in false cases related to the northeast Delhi riots of 2020,” the letter said.

A statement issued by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind mentioned names of Maulana Tauqeer Raza, president, Milli Ittehad Parishad, former MP Udit Raj, Dr Zafarul Islam Khan, chairman of Delhi Minorities Commission, Syed Sadatullah Hussaini, Ameer Jamaat e Islami Hind, among the signatories of the letter.

The activists are being asked to go to police stations for questioning during the lockdown, claimed the letter.

At this time, when the courts are partially working and communication is limited due to the lockdown, these steps tantamount to unnecessary “harassment” by the Delhi Police, the letter said.

Widespread violence between groups supporting the changed citizenship law and opposing it had spiralled out of control in February, leaving 53 people dead and scores injured in its wake.

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