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Bid to ignite Hindu-Muslim conflict in London foiled
|London: Miscreants in East London failed in their attempt to ignite the fire of inter-communal hatred when Muslims of the area refused to be provoked by the painting of Om, (God’s name in Hinduism), and the slogan Jai Hindutva (Long live Hinduism) on the wall of Masjid-e-Da'watul Islam, on October 5, in Ilford, East London.
Muslims of the area are suspecting local VHP activists for the incident. Three years ago similar graffiti was found on another mosque in the area opposite which stands a Hindu temple controlled by the VHP. The issue was then mutually resolved by the Hindus and Muslims of the area. However, in view of VHP’s brazen glorification of the crimes committed in Gujarat, the mosque committee has decided not to talk to the VHP this time.
"We are in touch with Asian and non-Asian councillors, which include Hindus, but we do not think there is any use of talking to the VHP fanatics", a spokesman of the mosque told the MG. "This was the unanimous decision taken at a meeting of community leaders which was attended by representatives of various organisations, including Council of Indian Muslims UK (CIM), and the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB)", he added.
Locals said that VHP supporters, specially the owner of a supermarket, have been actively spreading VHP’s philosophy of hatred in the area.
The CIM has deplored the incident as an uncalled for provocation by the miscreants. "This is an outrageous act aimed at poisoning community relations in the UK on the pattern of Gujarat, and is highly deplorable", Munaf Zeena, chairman of the CIM said in a statement.
"This particular mosque is managed by Indian Muslims. Before this, on the night of December 11, the office of an Indian Muslim solicitor was broken into in North London, in which the perpetrators did not take away anything, but expressed their hatred against Muslims, burnt a copy of the holy Quran by putting it in a plate and a Quranic calligraphic piece in the sink. We suspect a common motive—provocation of communal discord and hatred— behind these two incidents," he said.
"Incidents like this have to be seen against the background of the VHP leaders’ visit to the UK. We have been asking Home Office to take seriously the threat posed by the VHP to community relations and ban its leaders from India from entering the UK," he added.
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