Press Release/ 15 March 2021/ New Delhi
Popular Front of India strongly condemns the arrest of Rashid Ahmed, a member of the organization, by Uttar Pradesh police The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). Rashid is a resident of Mumbai and went missing two days back while returning to Mumbai after vising his family in Uttar Pradesh. His family had filed a complaint in Allahabad Hight Court since there was no communication from his side for the last two days. It is clear that the ATS took him to custody two days back, and today, after his family approached the high court, registered his arrest, and presented him before the media with fabricated charges.
He is a member of the Popular Front and the allegations made against him by ATS are rubbish. It is part of the vendetta politics of the Uttar Pradesh government against the organization. It is a political decision of the UP government that to treat merely being a member of the organization as a crime and punish people for associating with its activities. After the anti-CAA agitations in UP, three Popular Front state ad hoc committee members were arrested on fabricated charges and tortured in custody. Another ad-hoc committee member was arrested for filing a Public Interest Litigation seeking a judicial inquiry into the deaths that happened during the police crackdown on the anti-CAA protestors.
Popular Front wants to make it clear that the organization will not be intimidated by this kind of malicious vendetta politics and will continue our struggle through democratic and legal means. We demand the Yogi government to release our members immediately and end imprisoning and torturing innocent Muslim youths.