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Mumbai: Students Islamic organisation chief arrested for provocative speech during anti-CAA protest

The Nanded Police, in a joint operation with the Mumbai Crime Branch, arrested Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) president Mohammad Salman for allegedly giving a provocative speech at an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest in Nanded on February 1.

Mohammad Salman was booked along with the organiser of the protest under sections 153, 109 and 34 of IPC.
According to the FIR, an anti CAA protest was organised on the Nanded-Hyderabad road opposite Barkat Complex where Mohammad Salman gave a provocative speech.

The speech’s video went viral on social media platforms and eventually reached the police officials. An FIR was registered after verification of the video against the organizer, Sayyed Moin Mukhtar and Mohammad Salman.

In his speech as mentioned in the FIR, Mohammad Salman said, “There is no space for negotiations in this fight. Neither will CAA remain nor this government. The Muslim community is ready and Muslim youngsters are also ready. There will be no ifs and buts. This is not Babri Masjid where we will follow the court’s decision. We have decided, now India has to decide.”

He added: “Decision has been taken at Shaheen Bagh, You have to decide when you adhere to it. The more you delay, the deeper your grave will be dug. You have to decide, whether you want your grave two-feet or 20 feet deep.”

Acting on information provided by Nanded Police, the Mumbai Crime Branch officials reached SIO office in Kurla and arrested Mohammad Salman. He was later handed over to Nanded Police. He will be produced in court in Nanded.

The SIO, issued a statement, said it was an illegal detention and demanded immediate release of Mohammad Salman.

It said, “SIO of India strongly condemns the illegal detention and arrest and witch-hunting of Salman Ahmad, State President, SIO Maharashtra South. Salman Ahmad is a well-known student leader in Maharashtra with a stellar record of social service and active for many years on a number of students’ welfare and human rights concerns. SIO of India demands his immediate release and the dropping of all charges.”

“Along with many others, he has been actively involved in the ongoing movement for equal citizenship. A speech given by him in Nanded in the backdrop of this movement has mischievously been taken out of context and edited to present a distorted version,” it said.

“Full clarification regarding the content of the speech has already been made by Salman and is available in the public domain. The media trial he was subjected to and the case registered against him is nothing more than an attempt to delegitimise and silence peaceful democratic protests against CAA-NPR-NRC,” the SIO statement added.

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