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Innocent youth being jailed: Islamic cultural centre chief

Posted on Feb 07, 09:39PM | IANS

New Delhi, Feb 7 : Terrorism cannot be tolerated but keeping innocent youth in jail on mere suspicion of their suspected links in terrorist activities can alienate a community, India Islamic Cultural Centre (IICC) president Sirajuddin Qureshi said Thursday.

"We cannot tolerate terror activities," Qureshi told reporters. He added that the arrests of innocent youth were an "unforgivable sin" and demanded fast track courts to expedite trial in such cases.

Demanding exemplary punishment for officials responsible for the arrest of innocents, he said that Muslim youth were victims of terrorism.

He decried the trend of branding innocent Muslim youth as "terrorists" and said this could malign the entire community.

Indian Muslims who were about to forget the "agony of partition and were getting education to resume their normal lives" had been made objects of suspicion, he said.

Qureshi also expressed satisfaction that most Indians were with the community on this issue.