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British Indian Muslims Demand Presidential Rule in Uttar Pradesh

London (8 September 2013): Council of Indian Muslims—UK (CoIM) has deplored the latest spate of anti-Muslim riots in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP), specially Muzarffarnagar, a town 76 miles away from Delhi where 16 people are reported killed.

“We are disappointed and appalled at the failure of Akhilesh Yadav led Government in maintaining law and order in the state. Under his one year rule inter-communal situation in UP has deteriorated, extremist Hindu organisations have been given free hand in polarising the atmosphere and savage anti-Muslim riots have taken place in various towns.” CoIM’s Chairman Munaf Zeena said in a statement issued today.

Zeena added, “If there is a will there is a way and if Mr Yadav was serious in controlling the situation he would have done so as was done by his predecessor Ms Mayawati.

“For the last one month reports have been coming from western UP where so called Maha Punchayats (Grand meetings) of Hindutva organisations were allowed in which highly provocative speeches were made. Efforts have been made to grab graveyard land and students of world renowned Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband travelling in trains have been attacked and injured.”

Zeena also said, “The problem is that to some Indian politicians sanctity and honour of human lives have no meaning and the manner in which Samajwadi supremo Mulayam Singh has handed the leadership of the state to his inexperienced son, like a father gives a toy as a gift to his child, proves this point and the result of such behaviour is before everyone to see.

“Looking at the occurrence of 104 riots within a year we dread to think the state of law and order in UP in next four years if Mr Yadav is allowed to continue his rule. We, therefore, urge the Governor of Uttar Pradesh to dismiss the Akhilesh Government and declare presidential rule in the state.”  Zeena added.

Council of Indian Muslims (UK)
66c Cazenove Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 6AA
Tel: 020 8806 1147 Fax: 020 8806 6859, www.coimuk.org, news[@]coimuk.org

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