Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi stirred the proverbial hornet’s nest when he “disclosed” that Pakistan’s secret agency ISI was luring youths of riot-affected families in Muzaffarnagar.
“They are making a mockery of our poverty and suffering,” said Mohd Zafar Siddiqui who has been living in the relief camp of village Basikalan along with his 11 family members.
On Friday, Siddiqui sold his wife’s silver chain for `500 to procure medicines for his sick daughter. “We lost everything to the riots and have been living in relief camps under awful conditions for more than 50 days. But instead of helping us, they are linking us with the ISI.”
Over 50,000 people migrated from the riot-affected villages of district Muzaffarnagar in September and were kept in various relief camps. Assured by authorities, many returned to their villages, but over 8,000 people are still putting up in relief camps.
Though Gandhi’s statement was meant to endear him to Muslims, most Muslims held a contrarian view. “It will alienate Muslims from the Congress party”, was the general refrain in village Jaula, where relief camps are being run in a madrassa.