Human Rights

Why no ban on Hindu terrorist organisations?

New Delhi: Recently the central government has imposed a ban on about a hundred terrorist and extremist organisations, many of which are totally unknown to the people of India, but surprisingly no such ban was imposed on Hindu terrorist organisations like Abhinav Bharat, Ram Sene, Sanatan Sanstha, etc. Reacting to this, Muslim leaders like Maulana Syed Ahmad Bukhari, Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, Mufti Mukarram Ahmad, Fatehpuri Masjid's Shahi Imam, Maulana Abdul Wahhab, former secretary general of Jamiat Ahl-e Hadees, openly questioned the biased thinking and double standards of the government. Maulana Bukhari said in this connection that the government very well knows which are terrorist organisations and which are not. Rather, the government itself is complicit in the conspiracies and terrorist activities of these organisations. Speaking about the central home ministry's banning of about a hundred such organisations, Bukhari said that exemption of Hindu terrorist organisations from this list is partial and extremely shameful. He said that no Muslim organisation has accused Abhinav Bharat, Sanatan Sanstha, Shri Ram Sene, rather it is the government's own agency CBI which after investigating bomb blast cases has exposed the terrorist role of these organisations but the government is not banning these organisations which is a clear proof of its partial and biased policy. He said that the government not only ignores these terrorist organisations but also encourages them.

Fatehpuri Masjid's Shahi Imam, Dr. Mufti Mukarram Ahmad, said that government should not be partial in respect of terrorist organisations because it is not in the national and people's interests. He said that when the government's own investigating and secret agencies have found the proof that Hindu organisations like Abhinav Bharat, Ram Sene, Sanatan Sanstha etc are involved in terrorist activities, what is the justification for not banning them and by doing so, is the government not encouraging them, he asked. He said that there cannot be two standards of justice and when outfits like Deendar Anjuman had been declared a terrorist organisation, why not Abhinav Bharat etc? If the government does not do so, its intentions become clear.

Maulana Abdul Wahhab Khilji, while describing the government's list of terrorist organisations as incomplete, said that unless Hindu terrorist organisations are included in it, it has no meaning. He said that now CBI and other agencies have confirmed that these Hindu organisations were involved in the blasts of Malegaon, Ajmer, Goa, Samjhauta Express etc while the Ram Sene's sting operation has shown how it provokes and arranges riots if money is paid to it. He demanded that these organisations should be banned. A number of other Muslim organisations and their heads condemned the government's partial attitude and strongly demanded that not only the above mentioned Hindu organisations but VHP, Bajrang Dal etc should also be banned.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 June 2010 on page no. 11

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