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Muslim leaders condemn violence
|Kochi: Leaders of a string of Muslim cultural, political and religious organisations have strongly condemned the violence that occurred in the wake of the December 6 hartal.
In a joint statement, they said that whoever committed crime in the name of the Muslim community on December 6 would not get any support from the community. They called for expression of any protests in future peacefully and with self-restraint. They wanted that communal amity be preserved at any cost. The leaders condemned the attacks on vehicles carrying Shabarimala pilgrims and said these incidents were "extremely unfortunate". They said the Muslim community and the entire secular India had deep protest against the demolished Babri Masjid not being reconstructed and against the guilty going unpunished. But, they said, any protest on this issue should be expressed peacefully and pointed out that this norm was not observed on December 6.
The joint statement was issued by the Muslim League leader, Syed Muhammad Ali Shihab Thangal; Cherussery Zainuddin Musliar (Samasta Kerala Jam'iyyatul Ulama--E.K. faction); Kantapuram A.P. Abubakr Musliar (Samasta Kerala Jam'iyyatul Ulama--AP faction); A.P. Abdul Qadir Zainuddin (Kerala Nadwatul Mujahideen), Prof. K.A. Siddiq Hasan (Jama'at-e-Islami) Prof. KA. Jalil (chairman, Waqf Board); Kadakkal Abdul Aziz Maulavi (Dakshina Kerala Jam'iyyatul Ulama); KK. Abubakr (MES); PM. Mohammed Koya (MSS); P. Muhammad Ali Galfar, convener, Muslim Souhrida Vedi, and. C.H. Abdul Rahim, secretary, Souhrida Vedi.
"In view of the uneasy atmosphere prevailing in the country, the organisers of the hartal should have foreseen the possibility of untoward incidents," the leaders said.
"Actions leading to communal tension and communal polarisation hurt the religious minorities the most," they pointed out. "It should be understood that the minority rights--which include the rebuilding of the Babri Masjid--could be protected in an amiable democratic atmosphere."
They said no Muslim organisation functioning on established lines would support the violence in Pathanamthitta. They also noted that Monday's proposed hartal and the threat to find ways for self-defence (made by RSS-BJP) were dangerous signals. "The Fascist forces always desire the collapse of the rule of the law and an ugly communal atmosphere." If this truth was not realised, they warned, the State, and the minorities in particular, would have to pay a heavy price.
The Ittehadu Shubbanil Mujahideen urged the authorities to contain the ascendancy of fundamentalist forces in the State. The Students Islamic Organisation of India said the recent incidents in the State revealed the hidden agenda of fundamentalist forces in the State.
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