IUMYL PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR SANJIV BHATT IN UMBRELLA MARCH
28th June 2019 , Kozhikode, Kerala
An event organized by Muslim Youth League in Kerala to express the solidarity for Sanjiv Bhatt, an ex IPS officer who sacked from service in 2015 and send to life term imprisonment by session court of Jamnagar on June 20, 2019 for the for Gujarat custody death case registered in 1990.
“An umbrella which is a shade of mercy, shade of defense to the needy at the required time”. It was the message delivered through MYL organized umbrella march which urges the secular-plural society of Kerala to be an umbrella for those in need, MYL declared that they will be an umbrella for Sanjiv Bhatt and his family, who is a victim of injustice, MYL will be in the forefront to the bring the justice for him. MYL leaders pledged their support to Mr. Bhatt and his family. Crowd packed MYL followers also showed their support by raised umbrellas with slogan of justice for Sanjiv Bhatt. The family of Sanjiv Bhatt were invited to the event by MYL. Mrs. Shwetha Bhatt along with their son Shanthanu Bhatt have reached at the march to request support of keraltes for her husband, which was her first ever public event. Bhatt was arrested and kept under judicial custody since September last year with regards to falsely framing a man in a drug seizure case and now he was sentenced to life term imprisonment on 20th June, 2019 for Gujarat custody death case. Both incidents were reported two decades before to his arrest.
“MYL is here to announce that Sanjiv Bhatt and his family is not alone in this fight to bring justice, not only MYL, not only Keralites, but also all the Indians who believes in secularism, pluralism and trust in Indian constitution are with them” said MYL state general secretary P.K Firoz. “When justice is declined in the country, MYL will be an umbrella shade for the oppressed, that is what the umbrella march meant by”, he added to his words. MYL state president Munavar Ali Thangal stated that they are extending the umbrella of mercy, the shades of mercy to Sanjiv Bhatt who is a victim of injustice. Following the footsteps of IUML forefathers who stood for justice in Rohingyan and Palestinian issues, MYL will stand with victims until the justice is done to them.
Shwetha Bhatt emotionally thanked all the Keralites for the support given since the order came from session court. She said that Sanjiv’s year of service were with political victimization and endless prosecution for speaking against the fascist regime, he pursued to fight for victims of Gujarat riot despite pressure from the state and submitted his report before Nanavathi commission, he could have requested for a transfer and lead a peaceful life with family. That’s how Sanjiv was giving importance to others before his own. “When we married before 33 years ago, we promised to stand by each other through thick and thin, help me to keep that promise.” She requested to the thousands present over there. She stated that allegations against him is baseless, died person never arrested or interrogated by Sanjiv ever and forensic reports never stated any internal and external trauma or injury. She promised that she will not rest until the justice is done to Sanjiv Bhatt.
MYL national general secretary C.K Subair send a strong message that MYL will be in forefront to legal support for the victims of injustice. “When Pathan court were supposed to give the verdict on Kathua rape case, Karsevaks and Sangaparivar activists were present at the courtyard being prepared for celebration, only three were present there for the victim side, three MYL members. This prevail forever, for whoever may be seeking the justice, we will be there for the justice until it is done” he said by promising to Shwetha Bhatt that she is not alone, MYL will be in forefront for the legal fight for the justice.