Muslim outfits protest in Pune

first_imgA number of Muslim outfits held demonstrations here on Thursday, on the 26th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition. They demanded that the demolished mosque be rebuilt and that the recommendations of the Srikrishna and Liberhan commissions be implemented without further delay.A large number of persons from 12 outfits including the Pune branch of the All India Imam’s Council and the Maharashtra Action Committee, held a two-hour demonstration outside the District Collector’s office today.“Rightwing elements from anti-constitutional outfits bent on disrupting communal harmony had pulled down the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya on December 6 1992. But more than 25 years after this event which was followed by bloodshed and communal riots, both the Centre as well as the Uttar Pradesh government are playing politics over the issue instead of providing succour to the Muslim minority,” said All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) AIMIM leader Anjum Inamdar, who was also president of the city-based Moolnivas Muslim Manch.Mr. Inamdar said that no action had been taken till date by the Centre on the reports of either the Justice B.N. Srikrishna commission, which was tasked to probe the communal riots that tore Mumbai apart in the wake of the demolition, nor the Justice Liberhan commission which investigated the events surrounding the destruction of the Masjid.He said that the 68 persons identified in the Justice Liberhan Commission for actively initiating and participating in the destruction of the mosque were never brought to book for their crime and had eluded justice so far.“The Babri Masjid title suit is still pending in the Supreme Court. We urge the Centre to expedite the hearing on this matter and ensure justice to the Muslim community by considering rebuilding the mosque that was destroyed,” Mr. Inamdar said.“While there is so much talk about the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya and politicisation of the Babri Masjid issue, the motive behind, and the conspiracy to, demolish the mosque and aggravate social tensions seems to be completely forgotten,” said Zahid Shaikh, secretary, All-India Imams Council.Demanding speedy justice for the riot victims in the aftermath of the mosque’s demolition, Mr. Shaikh remarked that the Muslim community in the country today felt “highly insecure” owing to the venom being spread by right-wing anti-social elements who were being actively encouraged by the powers that be.last_img

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