All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief and Hyderabad parliamentarian Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday said that he has been consistently speaking against encounters and opined that such killings reflect a lack of skills of investigation agencies.

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president was speaking to the media on the reported encounter of gangster and former Samajwadi Party MP Atiq Ahmed’s son, Asad Ahmed, and his associate Ghulam, in Jhansi.

“I believe encounters diminish the faith in democracy,” Mr Owaisi said adding that encounters also belittle faith in the Constitution. “Encounters do not bring about justice. Rather, bring about vigilante justice.”

On the one hand, Mr Owaisi clarified that his sympathies are with the family of Umesh Pal who was murdered. On the other, he opined that if police wanted to turn the accused into dust, they should have followed due process and got the strictest punishment for the accused - life imprisonment.

Mr Owaisi said that when his brother, Akbaruddin Owaisi, was attacked and suffered multiple injuries, he urged the police to increase the accused’s security. He said that the courts exist to give justice.

The Majlis reiterated that his stand, that of speaking against encounters, has been consistent since the time he was a legislator and that his speeches against encounters of Left-wing extremists were recorded in the Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Assembly.

While reacting to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s call for opposition unity, AIMIM chief Owaisi in a press conference said, “To stop BJP in 2024, you have to stop it on the basis of ideology. You cannot stop BJP by compromising on ideology. You have to show the difference. Why is CM not going to Madarasa Aziza in Bihar? It’s the historical Madarasa, where 4500 manuscripts are burnt including Qur’an e Karim. Till you don’t fight BJP with

ideology you cannot stop them”.

He further stated that Muslims kids in the country are forced to study in Madrasas as BJP Government at the Centre has limited pre-matric fellowships to only Class 9th and 10th.

“Finance minister said that the Muslim population is increasing in the country, it’s better than Pakistan. She said in America said that Fellowships are given here. BJP has finished the Fellowships. You have limited the pre-matric Fellowship to the class 9th and 10th. The Kundu committee report was given to the Modi government in 2014 which said that the Muslim community dropout starts with primary class,” he said.

“The national education policy report came which mentioned that school zones should be opened in Muslim areas. Report findings also mentioned that in Muslim areas government schools are not open. You are not opening the schools and that is why the kids study in madrasas. Under the UPA Government pre-matric scholarship was there but under the Modi government ran it for 8 years and suddenly they remembered the Right to education act and stopped it. There are findings that Muslims do not study and there are dropouts because they don’t have money to educate themselves.

Asaduddin Owaisi also mentioned that Telangana KCR’s homage to BR Ambedkar by unveiling his 125 feet statue is a message for all those who want to weaken the constitution of India.

“A positive and strong message is given by KCR to all the people who are trying to weaken the Constitution of India and wants to end the basic structure of the Constitution of India. Today’s function was held by the Telangana government where they called everyone. Even BJP was invited as it was not a political platform. We do not have anything personal against them. Respect is always there even if we have political differences.

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