Rattled by the unprecedented scale of communal violence in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas, the Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has demanded an enquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). This is for the first time that the Darul Uloom has demanded a CBI enquiry.
Squarely blaming the Samajwadi Party government headed by Akhilesh Yadav for the communal violence, the Mohatamim (Vice Chancellor) of the seminary, Maulana Abul Kasim Nomani said, “The communal riot in Muzaffarnagar is the result of the failure of the police and civil administration. Had they taken adequate measures, this catastrophe could have been averted. For all the victims of the riot, the state government should pay at least Rs 15 lakh as compensation and the government should also work for the proper rehabilitation of all those who are living in makeshift relief camps.”
The Darul Uloom Deoband, unhappy with the conduct of the ministers of the UP government, has demanded that its ministers be held accountable for their conduct. Criticising them, the Maulana said, “None of the ministers from the Saharanpur and Meerut divisions have so far bothered to visit the riot-affected people and know about their plight and the hardships they faced. This is the least one can expect from people’s representatives.”
Maulana Tariq Kasmi, senior Deobandi Islamic cleric and Vice President of Ittehad-e-Millat, said, “Had the UP government identified all those who instigated communal trouble and destroyed the social fabric and taken prompt and decisive action against them, the tragedy in Muzaffarnagar could have been averted. Along with the officers of the police and district administration, all the elected representatives and ministers should also be held accountable for failing to perform their most basic duty of protecting communal harmony.”
Maulana Kari Assad Ullah, Mohatamim of the Madarsa Talimul Quran, said, “It’s most unfortunate that so many people – irrespective of their faith, caste, creed and religion – lost their life for no rhyme or reason.” He demanded that the UP government recommend a CBI inquiry into the incident of communal violence in Muzaffarnagar and and punish the guilty.
“There seems to be an organised attempt to turn Western UP into Gujarat ahead of the 2014 parliament elections. A concerted attempt is being made for the polarisation of voters on communal lines. We condemn the politics of communal polarisation,” said Ashraf Usmani, spokesperson of the Darul Uloom Deoband.