Gujarat Police Invoke PASA Act Against Man Who Asked Muslims To ‘Wake Up, Pick Weapons’ During Azaan 

by Harshil Mehta - May 20, 2020 05:07 PM +05:30 IST
Gujarat Police Invoke PASA Act  Against Man Who Asked Muslims To ‘Wake Up, Pick Weapons’ During Azaan Police (Representative Image)
Snapshot
  • The man, identified as Maamad Abdullah Luhar, was booked on 7 May.

A man in Gujarat arrested in the first week of May for calling upon Muslims to "wake up and pick up weapons" during an azaan has been charged with Prevention of Anti-Social Activities (PASA) Act.

The PASA Act, enacted in 1985, is invoked against dreaded criminals and repeat offenders, and bail isn’t easy.

The act is to “provide for preventive detention of bootleggers, dangerous persons, drug offenders, immoral traffic offenders and property grabbers for preventing their anti-social and dangerous activities prejudicial to the maintenance of public order”, as per the Gujarat government’s website.

The state recently announced that those who attack police and health workers would be booked under PASA.

The man, Maamad Abdullah Luhar, was booked on 7 May by A-Division Bhuj Police. As per the statement in the FIR (number 1305/2020), Luhar gave ‘azaan’ from Masjid-E-Imam-Rabbani in Kodaki Road’s Bakali colony around 2 am on the intervening night of 6 and 7 May, where he called upon Muslims to wake up, pick up arms and come out from their homes.

Read Swarajya’s report here.

On 14 May, the local crime branch released a press note (attached below) titled “The person, who tried to disturb communal harmony in Kutch district, has been booked under PASA by local crime branch, West Kutch-Bhuj”.

Press note released by local crime branch
Press note released by local crime branch

The press note says that the local crime branch had prepared a proposal to book him under PASA under instructions and guidance of Inspector General Subhash Trivedi and Superintendent of Police Saurabh Tolambiya. They then sent the proposal to collector of Kutch-Bhuj who accepted it and issued warrant to arrest the accused under PASA.

“In accordance, today, LCB staff, under guidance of LCB West-Kutch PI MR Gondaliya and PSI AJ Rana, has executed the PASA warrant and arrested Maamad Abdullah Luhar, 32, resident of Sanjognagar, Bhuj; it has started preparation to send him to Lajpor Central Jail, Surat,” the note reads.

Harshil Mehta is a columnist who writes on international relations, diplomacy, and national issues. He tweets @MehHarshil.
Get Swarajya in your inbox everyday. Subscribe here.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Comments ↓
Get Swarajya in your inbox everyday. Subscribe here.
Advertisement

Latest Articles

    Artboard 4Created with Sketch.