Mangalore : “There are about 20 crore Muslims in India and if about 100 persons are involved in terrorist activities, why do you brand all Muslims as terrorists?” questioned former minister C M Ibrahim. Speaking to media persons here on Sunday, he said that Islam never encourages terrorism and there is no link between Islam and terrorism. Flaying the arrests of innocents, Mr Ibrahim warned that there are all possibilities of such people turning a criminal after they were released. He also flayed the police for conducting repeated narco-analysis tests on same persons (especially when the police fail to get any evidence), and said that there are records to prove that the repeated tests have serious mental imbalance on the person. He also appealed to the media to give equal publicity when a person arrested on some charges is released after he is proved innocent. Speaking on the occasion, All India Sunni Scholars’ Federation General Secretary A P Aboobakker Musliyar Kanthapuram sought to know how a religion is responsible if some persons have done some mischief. Stating that terrorism is an enemy of humanity, he called upon the youth to fight against evil forces. At the same time, he regretted that Muslims are made scapegoats in the name of Jehad. He also urged the authorities concerned not to arrest the innocent youth in the name of “suspected terrorists.”
Islamic Cultural Centre Chairman Yenepoya Abdulla Kunhi regretted that Muslim terrorists who are hardly about 100 in number were bringing disgrace to a population of 20 crore Muslims in India. “Their indiscriminate killings of innocents are polarising the whole society. Consequently, the Muslims are losing their jobs and finding it difficult to get houses for rent,” he said and added that more depressing fact is that they tarnish the image of Islam by misquoting the holy text.