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Srinagar, Aug 11 (UNI) Criticising the administration for not allowing Muslim Gujjars delegation to meet Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil yesterday, Jammu and Kashmir Gujjar United Front (GUF) today alleged that about 100 houses of the community were set on fire and thousands of families uprooted from Jammu by the ''Hindu communal forces''.

President of the GUF, a conglomerate of eight Gujjar organisations, Mohammad Anwar Chowdhary, in a statement issued here criticised the state government for not allowing any delegation of the Muslim Gujjars to meet the all party delegation headed by Mr Patil.

He alleged that media of Jammu region had failed to give real picture of the situation in Jummu where the community was attacked and their property set ablaze by the communal forces.

Criticising the role of senior police and civil officers, Mr Chowdhary said the communal forces set on fire our 100 houses and damaged property worth lakhs of rupees, but the administration maintained criminal silence.

He said thousands of families of our tribe were uprooted from Jammu, Samba and Kathua district, but the government claimed the agitation was not against Muslims.

We have decided to march towards New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Ms Sonia Gandhi and Mr Patil to apprise them about the problems being faced by the Muslim Gujjars here, he added.

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