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Sangh provoking communal tension in Husaipur

A team comprised of civil right activists that visited violence hit Husaipur village in Alwar district has demanded from the local administration to release innocent and also urged to stop Sangh Parivar activists exploiting the situation to create communal tension in that area. People of that area are vexed and tense over the arrest of innocent people from both sides.

Dispute over a trivial issue between Meo Muslims and Dalits on 19 January turned violent in which a Meo boy Zahid was killed. Protestors burnt Dalit houses and ransacked their properties and belongings. Dalits of Husaipur in Alwar district were driven out after a violent clash. An eight-member fact finding team comprising members of the Centre for Dalit Rights (CDR), ActionAid, Jama’at-e-Islami Hind, Dalit Mahila Manch, Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) and the People’s Union for Civil Liberties recently visited Husaipur village to negotiate peace between the two groups and at the same time to facilitate the local administration to bring normalcy by restoring communal harmony.

PL Mimroth, who is CDR patron while talking to reporters during visit said, “In the complaints lodged with the police, both sides have furnished the names of large number of people who could not in any way be involved in the alleged offences. As a result, Dalits charged with Zahid’s murder are reluctant to return to the village and Meo Muslims accused of attacking Dalit houses are frightened.” He further added that the activists of Sangh Parivar have visited the area many times and have also provoked the Dalits against the Meo Muslims in a bid to communalise the atmosphere.

Mohammed Salim, state president of JIH said that the recent violence has provided an opportunity to the activists of the Sangh Parivar who were earlier on the defensive after confession of Aseemanand in terror attacks.  State Social Justice and Empowerment Department has announced financial assistance of Rs 25000 to each of the 16 Dalits families. However the visiting team also demanded financial aid to the victims of the other side and also observed that  in similar violence against Muslims allegedly by tribal at Sarda and Manoharthana the government did not apply the law equally in rehabilitating them as they provided financial assistance to the victims of a meagre amount between Rs 3000 and Rs 5000.  

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 19

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