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Muslim outfits for probe into Waliullah?s arrest

SEVERAL MUSLIM organisations on Saturday accused the Special Task Force of falsely implicating Maulana Waliullah of Phulpur in the Varanasi blasts. The organisations also condemned police firing during communal violence in Aligarh, saying that the incident would not have occurred had the authorities acted timely.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 01:21 IST

SEVERAL MUSLIM organisations on Saturday accused the Special Task Force of falsely implicating Maulana Waliullah of Phulpur in the Varanasi blasts. The organisations also condemned police firing during communal violence in Aligarh, saying that the incident would not have occurred had the authorities acted timely.

Demanding a judicial inquiry into the arrest of Maulana Waliullah and Rs 10 lakh each for victims of the Aligarh riots, these organisations said that they would chalk out their future course of action at a meeting to be held in Aligarh on April 15. They alleged that the cleric was arrested in full public view by police in Phulpur on March 26. The STF, however, claimed to have picked him up from Rae Bareli on April 5. “Henceforth, we have decided to work in unison for the resolution of the community’s problems and also to provide them with necessary infrastructure to fight injustice being meted out to them,” said a joint statement issued by the National Lok Tantrik Party, All India Muslim Majlis, All India Muslim Forum, Indian National League, Parcham Party of India, Momin Conference and Khaksar Tahrik Al-Hind. 

In a separate statement, the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind also condemned the police action, which it alleged was totally one-sided and brutal. Urging members of both communities to observe restraint and work towards restoring peace and normalcy, these outfits demanded a judicial probe and action against police personnel, who failed to control the situation and acted in a partisan manner.