Indian Muslim delegation meets Sonia Gandhi
The Milli Gazette Online
Published Online: Oct 29, 2013
A Muslim delegation led by the venerable Muslim scholar and community leader Maulana Salim Qasmi met the UPA chairman on 28 October 2013. The delegation pressed on the UPA chaiman to facilitate a special relief package for the victims of Muazaffarnagar riots and to pass the stall Communal Violene (Protection) Bill. The UPA chaimperson listened to the demands of the Muslim delegation and promised to do whatever is possible by the UPA government. The delegation presented the following memorandum to the UPA chairperson:
We the undersigned is a delegation of major Indian Muslim organizations headed by Moulana Salim Qasmi Sb. Rector Darul Uloom Waqf Deoband, Sr. Vice president of All India Muslim Personal Law Board and Chairman Supreme Guidance Council of All India Muslim Majlis-e- Mushawarat . We would like to draw your kind attention towards the recent Muzaffarnagar (U.P.) riots which have claimed many lives and uprooted over one lakh Muslims. They are now forced to live in over 50 camps spread around districts of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli. Some of these camps are situated in open fields (such as the camps of Malakpura and Mansoora) without proper shelter, food, sanitation or medical facilities. With winter on the corner, risk to their health and even lives is a real danger.
The targeted and planned riot clearly indicates that “Gujarat Model” was repeated in Muzaffarnagar. If not taken seriously, similar carnages may be repeated in other parts of the country. Many of us who have extensively toured these camps endorse the attached fact- finding report of ANHAD for your review.
We the undersigned request you to kindly ensure:
a) Communal Violence (Prevention) Bill is passed in the winter session of Parliament 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.
b) In order to avoid further loss of lives, Central Government should provide a relief package to ensure proper shelter, food and sanitation to the uprooted people till these victims properly rehabilitated or relocated.
c) Paramilitary forces should not be withdrawn till the time these people are rehabilitated or relocated.
d) The displaced families should be provided a safe and adequate land for their permanent settlement
e) In order to avoid illegal transfer or possessions of properties, sale-purchase of real estate in the riot affected villages should be temporarily stopped until the displaced population is able to return safely to their homes.
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 the defenseless. It will further strengthen the faith of the Muslim community in the willingness of your government to control such incidents in the future.
We remain yours sincerely,