Darul Uloom Deoband condemns SP for riots in Muzaffarnagar

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A mob protest in Muzaffarnagar. Photo: PTI

Uttar Pradesh 8 Sept: The renowned Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband, in Saharanpur district, has slammed the ruling Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh, for the communal violence, which has claimed more than 12 lives so far, in Muzaffarnagar. It said, tension was allowed to simmer by the administration, and circumstances were created for a full scale communal riot.

Darul Uloom is primarily upset over the spate of attacks on the students of the seminary in trains coming to Deoband, passing through Muzaffarnagar. The students’ beard were shaved off, their skull caps and other belongings were looted and destroyed in the 30 km stretch between Muzaffarnagar and Deoband.

“There seems to be an organized attempt to turn Western UP into Gujarat ahead of the 2014 parliament elections. A concerted attempt is being made for the polarization of voters on communal lines and we condemn the politics of communal polarization”, alleged Ashraf Usmani, spokesperson of the Darul Uloom Deoband.

“The Mahapanchyat conducted by the Jats in Muzaffarnagar on Saturday, did not trigger this violence. The riots were bound to happen as circumstances were being created for one”, alleged Ashraf Usmani. He went on to add, “the communal riots on Saturday clearly show the failure of the administration. Had the state government taken adequate measures to control the situation, the situation would not have escalated to this level.”

“So far, over 50 students of Darul Uloom have been assaulted, yet the state government remained a mute spectator. Such violence against the students of Darul Uloom has never taken place in the history of the Darul Uloom Deoband. Even during the communal frenzy in 1947, caused by the partition of the Indian sub continent, we didn’t have to face such atrocities”, said Ashraf Usmani, PRO, Darul Uloom Deoband.

Alleging the UP government had so far ignored repeated requests from the Darul Uloom Deoband for security, Usmani said “we are not asking for the moon from the SP government in UP, we are just asking for security for our students. We sent two delegations, one led by Naib Mohatamin, Deputy Rector, Maulana Abdul Khalik Madrasi to Lucknow to meet the Chief Minister and other to Delhi, to meet the SP Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, but nothing has been done about it”. The delegation to the SP chief also comprised of two members of the Majlis-e-Shora, the highest decision making body of the Darul Uloom.

Octogenarian Maulana Arshad Madni, President of the Jamail Ulma Hind, and an influential functionary of Darul Uloom Deoband said, “if this fire is not doused immediately, it will lead to serious consequences for the secular polity of India. The need of the hour is for all the secular parties to close their ranks and fight the demon of communalism”.

“I do not doubt the secular credentials of the Samajwadi Party, but they have to play a bigger role to bring the situation under control and restore order in the troubled town of Muzaffarnagar and the adjoining areas”, said Maulana Madni. “I have spoken to the Chief Minister. He has assured the government is doing its best, and will continue to do so, to restore peace and normalcy in Muzaffarnagar”, he added.

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