Arrest of some Muslim youths in Malegaon case not proper: NCM

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New Delhi, Feb 8 (PTI) The newly-appointed chairman of theNational Minorities Commission Wajahat Habibullah today saidthe arrest of some Muslim youths in connection with theMalegaon blast does not appear to be proper.

"I feel the arrest of some Muslim youth in the Malegaonblast case is not proper. It appears that there is no evidenceagainst them. It is my personal opinion that if there is noevidence against anyone, it was improper to keep him underdetention," Habibullah told PTI-Bhasha.

When asked about the demands for release of the detainedyouths following the reported confession of right-wing Hinduactivist Swami Aseemanand in the Malegaon blast case, theformer Chief Information Commissioner said some people haverequested him to take initiative in this matter.

"So far, I have not taken any step but I will think overit and could take a step later," he said.

To a question on reservation for Muslims, he said, "It isdifficult to say that the uplift of Muslims was possible onlythrough reservation. Reservation could be one remedy butgovernment will have to give other types of concessions. Idon''t think that only through reservation solutions could befound to all problems."

He said he will hold talks with various state governmentsto set up State Minorities Commissions.

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