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A White Paper on Black Deeds of Guardians of Law and Order

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Truth becomes the first casualty in a state where prejudice and injustice are rampant. Unfortunately we in India are moving towards that direction. Protectors have become killers and those who are supposed to uphold law and order are breaking laws with impunity. The Muslim community, along with other weaker sections, is the special target of atrocities.

The recent murder of Khalid Mujahid in police custody, while being brought from Faizabad court to Lucknow jail, is a brazen case of lawlessness. Three other terror-accused under-trials, along with Dr. Tariq Qasmi, would know how Khalid was put to death. But none is ready to come forth with truth as they are under constant threat of meeting the fate of Khalid.

While Lucknow Jail Superintendent stated that Khalid was quite healthy, Dr. Tariq Qasmi was brought on T.V. and forced to make a statement that Khalid was sick, suggesting that he might have died because of a heart attack. This is the same Tariq who was never given a chance to speak to media about his innocence. Now starts the long wait for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) enquiry which may reveal the truth if this premier investigating agency acts on its own fairly honestly and does not repeat what it did with the nine Muslim youths who were falsely accused of Malegaon blasts which had killed 31 persons.

This is a very serious situation which bodes ill for democracy and rule of law in the country. Already we have lost faith in fairness and neutrality of probe. Now people are getting frustrated with the judiciary also. Even integrity of CBI is being questioned. However the newly formed NIA still holds credibility. We wish this high-powered investigating agency upholds its reputation and safeguards its integrity.

This is high time the Supreme Court of India directly undertook a high level enquiry in all terror-related cases, fake encounters, false allegations and revengeful court cases. In this regard the country needs a white paper on black deeds of guardians of law and order. India can ill afford the loss of confidence in law and order setup and judiciary. Now is the time to act and act openly, positively and assertively. 



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