Popular Front of India’s (PFI) Assam State President Aminul Haque and Office Secretary Muzammel Hoque, who were arrested last month, for allegedly conspiring, planning and facilitating the anti-CAA violence in Assam were released on Friday.
E. Abubacker, Chairman, Popular Front of India, announced the news of their release on Facebook, saying, “Alhamdulillah, Popular Front Assam state president Aminul Haq Sab, who was wrongfully arrested under fabricated charges, was released on bail.”
Both Aminul Haque and Office Secretary Muzammel Hoque were accused by the BJP-led Assam government of playing a key role in allegedly creating violence at multiple places in Assam in which four people lost their lives due to police firing. The Assam government also sought the organisation’s ban.
Following their arrest, PFI had accused the Assam government and the Centre of trying to silence organizations like them and said that no Popular Front leader or member had indulged in any violent activity.
It had accused the government of turning the ongoing ethnic agitation of Assamese people as anti-Muslim, by isolating and targetting Popular Front of India.
Anti Citizenship Act (CAA) demonstrators across India are carrying out peaceful protests as anger swells against the highly sectarian and anti-Constitutional law.
According to the Citizenship Amendment Act, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014, and facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship. The Act intentionally leaves out Muslims.
The BJP-led government has said the new law will be followed by a National Register of Citizens (NRC) that means Muslims must prove they were original residents of India and not refugees from these three countries. Non-Muslims listed in the law, by contrast, have a clear path to citizenship.
Despite nationwide protests against it, the Act came into effect on Friday, an official notification from the Home Ministry said.