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Muzaffarnagar riots have revived memory of 1947: AIMPLB gen secy

M Hasan, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, September 13, 2013
First Published: 09:37 IST(13/9/2013) | Last Updated: 09:45 IST(13/9/2013)

The executive committee of All-India Muslim Personal Board (AIMPLB) will take up the Muzaffarnagar communal violence issue for discussion at its meeting in Delhi on September 22.

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Talking to HT over phone on Thursday, AIMPLB general secretary Maulana Nizamuddin said the issue, though not on the agenda of the meeting, would definitely be taken up for discussion as “violence in Muzaffarnagar has revived the memory of 1947”.

Nizamuddin said already various organisations affiliated to the AIMPLB had taken up the matter.

He said the violence had caused widespread resentment among the members.

Even though the board did not discuss non-Shariat matters, issues like communal violence in Muzaffarnagar and involvement of Muslim youths in fake terror cases could not be ignored, the cleric said and criticised both the central and state governments for failure to speedily control the violence, which led to massive destruction.

Nizamuddin said the Jamiat Ulema Hind led by Maulana Mahmood Madni, who is member of AIPMLB executive committee, had already taken up the matter with the UPA government.

Madni told HT that a delegation of Jamiat was scheduled to meet the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh tomorrow.

Madani, who visited riot-hit areas, said that situation was serious. He said there was no relief and rehabilitation of the affected people.

Madni, who has demanded dismissal of Samajwadi Party government, said that still people were missing. Madni alleged that violence was the result of an SP-BJP conspiracy for political purpose.

As part of the preparation for inputs for the meeting, senior AIMPLB member Qasim Rasool Ilyas visited affected areas along with Jamiate Islami members Mohammad Ahmad and Shafi Madni.

Ilyas also said that apart from large-scale deaths, there was massive damage to properties.

The delegation visited various madarsas and other centres where the victims had taken shelter.


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