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“NIA Is Fabricating Myths”: Solidarity Youth Movement Over Alleged Al-Qaeda Arrests

Solidarity Youth Movement, the youth wing of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind in Kerala said that the NIA (National Investigation Agency) is fabricating myths that can deprive citizens of all their rights, in the name of national security. The statement comes a day after the NIA arrested nine suspected al-Qaeda operatives in Kerala and West Bengal.

“It is to be suspected that the ongoing NIA arrests and the Al Qaeda story are to protect the interests of the Sangh Parivar. Those who know the history of NIA have no qualms about this,” Nahas Mala, president of Solidarity Youth Movement said.

He added that the general public and media should raise questions over the NIA’s recent arrests and not blindly believe their versions of terrorism and extremism.

Solidarity Youth Movement added in a press release that the perspectives should be formed by evaluating the history of NIA since its inception, court observations on NIA cases, and attempts to retain the case with approvers.

The organisation also noted that this is a time when the Sangh Parivar is abusing the central agencies for their political gain.

On Saturday, NIA arrested nine individuals in morning raids at Ernakulam in Kerala and Murshidabad in West Bengal and claimed to have recovered country-made weapons.

All nine belong to Murshidabad district. Seven are either daily wage labourers or in menial jobs, while two are doing their graduation at a Murshidabad college.

Mala also stated that the central agencies are maligning the marginalised communities through counter-terrorism laws such as the UAPA.

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Rushda Fathima Khan is the Staff Reporter for The Cognate.

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