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Muslim Rashtriya Manch to hold peace rally

lucknow Updated: Feb 12, 2011 20:47 IST
Manish Pandey

The RSS is reaching out to Muslims to counter Hindu terror charges and its functionary Indresh Kumar, whose name has been doing the rounds in relation to terror strikes, is at the forefront of its latest effort.

Backed by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) — an organisation floated by Kumar — would embark on an all-Muslim peace rally from the Shah Mina Dargah (mausoleum) in Lucknow on February 14. The rally would end at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah in New Delhi on February 18 after having passed through several communally sensitive pockets in various districts.

Kumar, who has been questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad in 2007, would be in attendance when the rally reaches the national capital.

MRM convenor Mohammad Afzaal, who was present with a handful of Muslims at the RSS-run Vishwa Samwaad Kendra in Lucknow to announce the rally on Saturday, said: “While prices of essential commodities are rising, the Congress which first coined the word Sikh and Muslim terror, is now talking of Hindu or saffron terror. It is soft on terrorists but is trying to divide people for narrow political gains.”

“The all-Muslim peace rally, would stop at all the major mausoleums on the Lucknow-Delhi route, to pray for peace and brotherhood in the country,” Afzaal added.

The RSS, apart from backing the rally, has also launched a mass contact programme to “counter Congress propaganda on Hindu terror, Kashmir and Ram temple”. Under the programme, RSS volunteers are visiting Muslims to explain their view on the issues.