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Terrorism issue polarises voters on communal lines in Azamgarh

india Updated: Apr 12, 2009 12:16 IST
Terrorism issue polarises voters on communal lines in Azamgarh

The much-discussed Batla House encounter in Delhi, blasts in the national capital and other terrorist activities in which youths from this area were allegedly involved, form the main poll issue in this constituency that has earned the sobriquet "terror nursery".

Though this constituency lacks basic amenities and is very backward with hardly any source of employment, the locals are deeply divided over the issue of terrorism. The Muslim population here feels it has been wronged as the police for their alleged involvement in terrorist activities have picked up several youths from this district.

Lending credence to such allegation is the fact that some locals like Abu Salem did make it big in the world of organised crime, especially the Mumbai underworld. Police feel -- based on the arrests and phone intercepts -- that the locals are now moving towards terrorism.

In the fray here are Akbar Ahmed "Dumpy" (BSP), Ramakant Yadav (BJP), Durga Yadav (SP), and Ulema Council candidate Dr Javed Akhtar.

Dumpy, an associate of late Sanjay Gandhi, is the sitting MP. He won the by-election from here in April 2008 on a BSP ticket. Dumpy is said to have exploited the polarisation of communities to secure his victory.