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Amar Singh announces Rs.1 mn help for Jamia terror suspects

National,Politics, Fri, 14 Nov 2008 IANS

New Delhi, Nov 14 (IANS) The Samajwadi Party has announced that the party will give Rs.1 million to the Jamia Millia Islamia students who were arrested on the charge of being allegedly involved in Sep 13 blasts in Delhi.


Amar Singh, general secretary of the Samajwadi Party, made the announcement Thursday evening while attending a meeting of Jamia Old Boys Association on the issue of Jamia Nagar shootout.



"We have decided to provide support to Jamia students arrested on the charges of their alleged involvement in the blasts," said Amar Singh.



Mohammad Shakeel, a second-year MA student, and Zia-ur-Rehman, a third-year BA student, were arrested from New Delhi Sep 21 for their alleged involvement in serial blasts. Delhi Police have said they, along with 10 others arrested, were part of the Indian Mujahideen that has claimed responsibility for the serial bombings in the national capital as well as other cities in recent months.



Singh also said that atrocities on minorities in the Congress ruled states have put a big question mark on the secular character of the Congress.



"Killings of young boys in Delhi in the name of terrorism and burning alive of people in Adilabad, such atrocities on the minorities in the states in which Congress is in power is putting a big question mark on the secular character of the Congress," he said.



Communal violence and subsequent incidents had claimed 10 lives in Andhra Pradesh's Adilabad district in October.



"We had organised the meeting to discuss the issue of the way the image of the university is being tarnished. In this meeting Amar Singh made the announcement of providing financial help to the students of Jamia university arrested on the charges of alleged involvement in the blasts," Javed Aalam, president of Jamia Old Boys Association told IANS.



Jaya Prada and Kamal Akhter, Samajwadi Party parliamentarians, were also present at the meeting. Kamal Akhter is a former student of the varsity.



Two alleged terrorists were gunned down in Jamia Nagar Sep 19 followed by subsequent arrests by the Delhi and the Uttar Pradesh police for those suspected to be involved in the Sep 13 Delhi serial bombings, in which 26 people were killed.


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