Muslim clerics for action against '93 Mumbai riots accused
Mumbai, July 28 (UNI) Muslim clerics from All India Deeni Madaris Board (AIDMB) today demanded that government take strict action against all those who master-minded the 1993 communal riots in the metropolis in the wake of the Babri Masjid demolition in December 1992.
''Rioters belonging to one particular political outfit burnt the houses of Muslims and went on a looting spree, that too in the presence of the state police. Unfortunately, while no action has been taken against them even after 15 years of the incident, the Muslims who are involved in the 1993 serial blasts are being given death penalty and life imprisonment etc,'' Maulana Yaqoob Ali Bulandshehri of the AIDMB said while addressing mediapersons here.
Targetting both the Congress-led UPA coalition government at the Centre, and Vilasrao Deshmukh government in Maharashtra, Maulana Yaqoob said ''The ugly bomb blasts could have been avoided had the government then taken prompt action against the rioters, involved in the massacre of the 2000 Muslims.'' He also called for an end to what he termed 'State-sponsored terrorrism' against the Muslims in the country and the alleged discrimination against the community, particularly at the hands of the Government machinery.
''Despite our equal contribution getting India free from the clutches of the colonial imperialism, we are still treated as the second rung citizens in our own country. This is despite the fact Prime Minister Manmohan Singh government-appointed, Justice Rajender Sacchar Commitee bringing out all these aspects in its report on the minorities,'' he added.
Refuting the allegations that Muslim Madrasas in the country were the breeding ground for the Islamic militia, Maulana said it was a sheer propoganda, being unleashed by certain vested interests, and added, ''Our madrasas are open for any one who had such apprehensions.'' ''There is no place for terrorism in the Holy Quran. And we condemn any such act, which takes away innocent lives,'' he said.
On being asked what would be their future course of action in view of the government not paying heed to their oft-repeated demands of freeing hundreds of muslim youth, languishing in various jails across the country on charge of terrorism without an iota of evidence, as alleged by them, Maulana Yaqoob said ''We will use all our democratic rights to press our demands.'' Last fortnight, several Muslim organisations and civil liberty groups have stepped up their demand for severe action against the culprits involved in the communal riots in the metropolis in 1993.
Recently, during an interaction programme with Union Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibbal, several Muslim outfits had vent out their anger at Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and State Home Minister R R Patil for going soft on the recommendations of the Justice B N Srikrishna Panel, set up to probe the role allegedly played by the State Police and a section of politicians in one of the worst communal carnages in the country.