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BJP gangster MP attacks Ulama Council activists

Communal tension in Azamgarh after death and injuries in firing

Azamgarh: Tension prevailed in Phoolpur town of Azamgarh district in eastern UP with the death of one person and injuries to a few others in firing. According to available information, President of Rashtrya Ulama Council, Maulana Amir Rishadi along with his followers was returning from Phoolpur after attending a meeting. Meanwhile, BJP-MP from Azamgarh, Ramakant Yadav was also proceeding along with his followers on the same route. Yadav's entourage overtook Maulana Rishadi’s caravan at Jagdishpur and blocked it. Not only this, Yadav came out of his car along with his followers and started unprovoked and indiscriminate firing as a result of which one youth, Hafiz Abdur Rahman, died and at least three were seriously injured. This happened on 12 August. After the firing and killing, Yadav and his men fled away. It may be stated in this connection that Yadav has a long criminal record and is already involved in as many as 30 criminal cases in Azamgarh, Jaunpur and Gorakhpur under Goonda Act, Gangsters Act and other sections of IPC. For these activities he was expelled from the Samajwadi Party and the saffron party was quick to embrace him.  

Body of Abdur Rahman

When the news of attack, death and injuries reached Azamgarah, Maulana Rishadi's supporters and other Muslims became highly agitated and indulged in subversive activities in Azamgarh town, Saraimir etc. Ulama Council supporters went on rampage and damaged several vehicles in Takia, Sanjarpur, Devgaon, Mohammadpura areas. Maulana Rishadi filed an FIR for murder against Ramakant Yadav and his men. He said that those who were injured were members of his family. Azamgarh DIG, K.K. Tirpathi, said that efforts are being made to arrest Yadav and the other accused. UP’s Additional Director General Brij Lal visited Azamgarh and assured the people that guilty persons will not be spared. After the post mortem of his body in Azamgarh's Sadar Hospital, Abdur Rahman was laid to rest and in his funeral procession about 35000 persons of all faiths and walks of life participated.

Funeral

Grief and sorrow has been expressed by Muslim leaders and organisations over the death and injuries to innocent persons and the criminal acts of gangster Ramakant Yadav and his gang have been strongly condemned by Muslims and their leaders. Coordination Committee of Indian Muslims has described this incident as a mischievous attempt and conspiracy to spoil the peace of eastern Uttar Pradesh. A demand has been made by this committee to UP government to take strong steps to curb the activities of communal and mischievous elements. The Committee has asked the people to maintain peace and exercise restraint. The signatories of the demand include Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, president of All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, Mujtaba Farooq, Secretary of Jamaat-e Islami Hind, Maulana Abdul Wahab Khilji, president of MIM, Dr Taslim Ahmad Rahmani, president of Muslim Political Council, Dr Qasim Rasool Ilyas, Maulana Zeeshan Hedayati, Maulana Abdul Hameed No'mani and others.

Blood on Maulana Rashadi’s car

Ironically, despite the above facts, BJP general secretary Vinay Katiyar held Ulama Council responsible for the tension, violence and riot-like situation in Azamgarh and said that tension was created because of Ulama Council's attitude because its procession did not allow Yadav's group to pass. This led to a heated discussion between the two groups and Ulama group's men fired at Yadav’s group in which their own man died. How incredible. They fired at Yadav group but hit their own people! A white lie and a typical case of Chori aur us per seena zori! (NA Ansari)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 September 2009 on page no. 17

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