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on Kanpur riots
Syed Shahabuddin, President, All India
Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat issued the following statement after visiting Kanpur
on 1 April:
|On 1 April 2001, a delegation of All
India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) led by Syed Shahabuddin,
president and including Maulana Mohammad A. Qayyum, general secretary, S.M.
Hasnain Abidi and Navaid Hamid, secretaries, visited the riot-affected
areas of Kanpur and discussed the situation with the local people as well
as the commissioner and the district magistrate, Kanpur. The delegation
also held a press conference at the Press Club, Kanpur.
The delegation expressed its satisfaction that normalcy had been restored
in Kanpur and there was no tension among the people and that even during
the disturbance there were very few instances of Hindu mobs attacking
Muslim localities, or vice versa, and many more happy examples of Hindu
citizens sheltering Muslim neighbours, and vice versa.
The delegation came to the conclusion that the disturbance was largely a
case of police action against the Muslim community in collusion with the
activists of the Bajrang Dal and was planned to achieve political purpose.
The delegation was informed by the administration that the PAC had been
largely withdrawn from the Muslim localities and replaced by the RAF and
that a detailed survey based on affidavits, had already been conducted to
quantify the loss of life, limb and property.
The delegation came to know that excluding the ADM, 13 lives had been
lost, of whom 11 were Muslims, practically all 100 shops and 3 houses
which had been burnt and looted belonged to Muslims, and apart from the
temple complex in Choubey-Gola, half a dozen Masjids including Masjid
Takia Akbar Ali Shah in Chamanganj, had been damaged and burnt and looted
in the presence of the police.
The delegation welcomed the assurance of the local authorities to provide
full security for the Muharram processions and advised the local Muslim
community to observe Muharram in the traditional manner. It also advised
the local authorities that to reassure the Muslims, a joint appeal by
eminent citizens of Kanpur be issued immediately.
The delegation was also informed that out of 150 arrested from the curfew
bound areas, only 35 were still in custody of whom roughly 17 or 18 were
Muslims including Mohammad Sulaiman, President of UP Unit of Indian
National League. The delegation requested the administration that in view
of the political stature of Mohammad Sulaiman, a member of the Markazi
Majlis-e-Mushawarat, his case should be reviewed and at least his bail
should not be opposed.
The AIMMM demands that the Government of UP should
1. Identify and prosecute the PAC and police personnel and units, which
had looted shops and homes of Muslim citizens during the disturbances, and
Masjid Takia Akbar Ali Shah, ransacked in its presence.
2. Immediately rebuild all damaged places of worship,
3. Immediately order a judicial Inquiry.
4. Immediately announce a compensation and rehabilitation package, on the
basis of the survey already conducted by the local administration. q