The executive committee of All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Sunday criticised the Uttar Pradesh government for failing to act in time to avert communal violence in Muzaffarnagar.
The board at its meeting in Delhi expressed concern over the situation prevailing in the state. In a telephonic conversation, AIMPLB assistant general secretary Abdur Rahim Qureshi said the board was of the opinion that although it was the state government’s responsibility to clamp down on hate campaigns, it did not take adequate measures to bring the situation under control.
He said after the outbreak of violence in Shamli and Muzaffarnagar, neither did the government machinery effectively deal with the situation nor did it take stern action against the culprits. The local administration too failed, he added.
The board had also noted the failure of the UPA government in delaying the passage of communal violence bill, which is pending since 2011, said Qureshi. The board had thus decided to send a delegation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to demand early enactment of the bill, he added.
The UPA government should either expedite the bill in Parliament or issue an ordinance, he said.
Qureshi spoke about the AIMPLB chairman Maulana Rabe Hasni Nadvi’s concern over the riots and the necessity for passing the communal violence bill.
Referring to the enactment of the new Central Waqf Act, Quereshi said that while some of the suggestions of the board had been incorporated, others were ignored.
He said the board would again press for amendment in the act for inclusion of those suggestions. He said there should be a provision for the protection of waqf properties on the lines of the Public Premises Act.