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Communal riot in Mau

The handloom town of eastern UP Mau witnessed a communal riot on 7 October on the eve of immersion of Durga idols. A youth, Suresh Prajapati, was stabbed to death and many people were injured. Property worth millions of Rupees was gutted following loot and arson. The district Administration clamped the curfew to control the situation which later became indefinite and continued till filing of this report.

In the special session of the state assembly the matter was raised by Mr. Mukhtar Ansari the Bahujan Samaj Party member from Mau and the alleged Mafia don.

He along with other members of his party and several other opposition members was demanding judicial probe into the incident which the state government refused following which these members staged a walk out. 

In the legislative council the matter was raised by Mr. Ahmad Hasan the Samajvadi Party member who is also the leader of opposition in the upper house.

Both Mr. Mukhtar Ansar and Mr. Ahmad Hasan addressing the special session of their respective houses blamed the administration for letting loose a reign of terror against Muslims. They alleged that the Police particularly the notorious PAC has looted many houses belonging to minority community and even misbehaved with their womenfolk. Mukhtar Ansari demanded an enquiry to ascertain ass to who actually threw the stone on Durga procession. Samajvadi Party members Ambica Chaudhary, Ram Tej Yadav, his party colleague and leader of the legislature wing Swami Prasad Maurya and Murad Lari, Sudhakar Singh and Ram Jag of CPM held the state government responsible for the riot.

In his reply the state Parliamentary affairs minister Mr. Hukum Singh informed the house that a youth Inzemamul Haque has been arrested for allegedly stabbing Suresh Prajapati to death Another youth Rajesh Sonkar has been arrested for allegedly setting the shop of Haji Abul Kalam on fire. He also informed the house that the police is looking for the man responsible for throwing bomb at the Durga procession. 

Mau is among few Indian cities where Muslims are prosperous and well to do thanks to their artisan skills. This has always been painful for communal forces. Jamia Miftahul Uloom is particularly their target. The passing of Durga procession through predominantly Muslim area of Mirza Hadi Pur and Katra is nothing but mischief. However, Muslims should also try to be more tolerant and accommodative. The most tragic part of this episode is the partial attitude of the BJP government.District. Magistrate Suresh Chandra and superintendent of police Jog Dand were transferred two days after the riot at the behest of BJP leadership. These two officers have played the key role in containing the riot and did not allow goons thugs and PAC men to let loose a reign of terror and loot. It is alleged that since both of them belonged to Dalit community so they were removed unceremoniously. May be the demand of judicial enquiry is rejected due to the fear that it may unmask the saffron administration.

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