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Muslim leaders meet PM over Muzaffarnagar and riots bill

New Delhi:A delegation consisting leaders of all leading Indian Muslim organisations met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 16 September at his residence. The delegation expressed to him its deep concern over the continuing communal violence across the country and deteriorating communal tensions as a result of a certain party’ decision to polarise the society using emotive issues and false propaganda and rumours. The delegation expressed its pain at the ongoing violence in and around Muzaffarnagar in which around one lakh Muslims have been forced to flee their homes and villages taking shelter in over two dozen camps as well as taking refuge in the houses of their relatives in other villages. The delegation demanded proper relief to all the uprooted people including the ones who have taken shelter in their relatives homes, proper documentation and videography of each case as well registering FIRs in all cases so that the culprits may be punished and the victims get justice and fair compensation.

AIMMM President making the introductory remarks during the meeting with the PM

The delegation, led by Mushawart President, raised the issue of the Communal Violence (Prevention) Bill which remains in cold storage since 2005. The delegation urged the Prime Minister to see to it that this Bill is passed in the next session or issued as an ordinance.

The Prime Minister listened to the delegation attentively and assured the Muslim leaders that it will do whatever is possible. He said he will try to arrive at a consensus in the forthcoming National Integration Council meeting on 23 September. The general impression of the Muslim leaders who met the prime minister was that though he appeared understanding and gave assurances, he failed to convey his outrage at what he had seen in Muzaffarnagar earlier in the day and his conviction to push through the Communal Violence (Prevention) Bill which remains in cold storage since 2005.No headway was made at the NIC meeting.

The delegation consisted of  Maulana Syed Jalauddin Umari President, Jamaat-e Islami Hind, Maulana Nusrat Ali General Secretary, Jamaat-e Islami Hind, Janab Mohammad Ahmad Secretary, Jamaat-e Islami Hind, Maulana Mahmood Madni General Secretary, Jamiat Ulama-e Hind, Maulana Niyaz Farooqui Member, Working Committee, Jamiat Ulama-e Hind, Janab Shakeel Ahmad Sayed, member, Working Committee, Jamiat Ulama-e Hind, Janab Kamal Faruqi, member, Working Committee, All India Muslim Personal law Board, Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan President, All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, . Janab Navaid Hamid General Secretary, Movement for the Empowerment of Indian Muslims, Janab Abdul Khaliq, Member Working Committee, All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, Maulana Ataur Rahman Qasmi, Chairman, Shah Waliullah Institute, Dr Zafar Mahmood President, Zakat Foundation of India, Dr Taslim Rahmani President, Muslim Political Council,  Maulana Abdul Wahab Khilji, member, All India Muslim Personal Law Board and Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mahdi Salafi, General Secretary, Markzai Jamiat Ahl-e Hadees.

The delegation presented to the Prime Minister the following memorandum:

Dr. Manmohan Singhji

Hon’ble Prime Minister of India

New Delhi

Respected Sir,

We, the undersigned, representing major Indian Muslim organisations, wish to draw your kind attention to the wave of communal violence sweeping across a number of states, especially in north India. The most serious in these recent flare-ups is the violence in and around Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. Many of us have extensively toured the camps of the uprooted and feel that a “mini-Gujarat” has been inflicted upon Muzaffarnagar and its adjoining areas. A very short summary of our observations is appended to this letter.

Though the violence has abated now but stray incidents are still taking place every day. An estimated one lakh people (all Muslims) have been uprooted. Some 65,000 are living in around two dozen camps run in madrasahs, Eidgahs etc or are sheltered in hundreds of houses in other villages. Others have gone to live with their relatives. Even now no proper relief measures have been taken and no serious documentation is being made and no FIRs are filed. It is our request to you to kindly ensure:

a. Proper relief of ration and other necessary needs of life to those living in camps as well as with relatives.

b. Urgent documentation and preparation of lists with all details of names, losses and people responsible for the carnage as per the victims.

c. Filing of FIRs at the earliest so that the legal process could start to punish the guilty.

d. Compensation of all losses suffered by the victims in terms of life, loss of cattle, houses looted and burnt and crops destroyed/looted etc.

e. Construction/repair of burnt/demolished/damaged houses, mosques, madrasahs etc.

f.  Construction of houses at other locations for those who do not wish to return to their villages (we found that no one is willing at least now to return to his/her village).

We take this opportunity to impress upon you to ensure that the Communal Violence (Prevention) Bill is urgently passed or, if need be, brought in as an ordinance, in order to rein in and send a strong message to the forces trying to polarise and destabilise the country for political gains.

We are hopeful that through these measures a strong message will be sent to all that your government is really committed to the welfare and safety of all Indians, especially the weak and defenceless.

We remain yours sincerely,

1. Maulana Syed Jalauddin Umari, President, Jamaat-e Islami Hind

2. Maulana Nusrat Ali, General Secretary, Jamaat-e Islami Hind

3. Janab Mohammad Ahmad, Secretary, Jamaat-e Islami Hind

4. Maulana Mahmood Madni, General Secretary, Jamiat Ulama-e Hind

5. Maulana Niyaz Farooqui, Member, Working Committee, Jamiat Ulama-e Hind

6. Janab Shakeel Ahmad Sayed, Member, Working Committee, Jamiat Ulama-e Hind

7. Janab Kamal Faruqi, Member, Working Committee, All India Muslim Personal law Board

8. Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, President, All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat

9. Janab Navaid Hamid, General Secretary, Movement for the Empowerment of Indian Muslims

10. Janab Abdul Khaliq, Member Working Committee, All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat

11. Maulana Ataur Rahman Qasmi, Chairman, Shah Waliullah Institute

12. Maulana Muhsin Taqawi, President, National Council of Shia Ulama

13. Dr Zafar Mahmood, President, Zakat Foundation of India

14. Dr Taslim Rahmani, President, Muslim Political Council

15. Maulana Abdul Wahab Khilji, Member, All India Muslim Personal Law Board

16. Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mahdi Salafi, General Secretary, Markzai Jamiat Ahl-e Hadees

18. Maulana Asrarul Haq Qasmi, M.P., President All India Milli-wa-Ta’leemi Foundation [was not present in Delhi but had consented to the above text].

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2013 on page no. 13

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