Hathras: Terrorising Students and Journalist to Cover-up Yogi Government’s Failure

U.P police is terrorising students and journalist in order to evade public revulsion against Yogi government due to the maltreatment of brutal rape-murder incident in Hathras. Atikur Rahman, Masud Khan and journalist Sidheeq Kappan were going to visit the family of the Dalit girl Manisha Valmiki on 5th Oct along with the driver, Alam. However, the police arrested them illegally in the absence of any crime and arbitrarily imposed UAPA and sedition charges against them, which is an extreme case of abuse of power. We urge the U.P government to withdraw draconian laws and the release of four innocent persons immediately. The police came up with a series of lies and unfounded allegations against them in contrast to other visitors. The police’s lies on ‘sectarian violence’, ‘fundraising’ and ‘carrying dangerous literature’ are baseless and nonsensical. It is an undisputed fact that the law and order situation in UP deteriorates horribly since Yogi Adityanath assumed office. Atrocities against women escalated and UP became the rape capital of the country after BJP came to power. Now, the safety and security of ordinary people at stake in UP even nobody can travel freely. BJP government tarnish protests that mounted all over the country in response to Hathras rape-murder and demanding justice for her is tainted as a conspiracy against the government. The Yogi government is hatching a conspiracy to protect rapists Takur men. There were immense efforts to tamper with the statement of the victim and the police at one stage even claimed that there was no proof of rape. The forceful abduction of her body from the family and hasty cremation was an attempt by the police to destroy the evidence of rape. The police have cordoned the area and not allowed any rights activists or political leader to visit the bereaved family with the motive of thwarting any legal aid the family may get. All these are part of the conspiracy hatched by Yogi government to save the casteist criminals and cripple the efforts for justice. Leaving Dalits in insecurity and terrorising Muslim youth is an established agenda of BJP and Yogi government is plotting to further this agenda. It is a BJP delusion proposed by RSS that they can suppress the fight for justice by slapping horrible charges and creating an atmosphere of terror. We will no be taken aback by these intimidation tactics and we will fight this enormity through every possible legal and political manner. We appeal to the people of India to come forward jointly to deliver justice to the Dalit girl and these arrested persons. KA Rauf Sherif National General Secretary Campus Front of India