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Muslims hold massive rally

IN A massive demonstration that was marred by stray incidents of firing in the air and arson, over one lakh Muslims today protested against the publication of Prophet Mohammad?s cartoons in a Danish newspaper and UPA Government?s vote against Iran on the nuclear issue. Several rounds of shots were fired in the air by a group of youths from atop a truck in front of the Vidhan Bhawan even as some others barged into Hotel Clark?s Awadh, Barista and Cafe Coffee Day and damaged property in Hazratganj.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 01:00 IST

IN A massive demonstration that was marred by stray incidents of firing in the air and arson, over one lakh Muslims today protested against the publication of Prophet Mohammad’s cartoons in a Danish newspaper and UPA Government’s vote against Iran on the nuclear issue.

Several rounds of shots were fired in the air by a group of youths from atop a truck in front of the Vidhan Bhawan even as some others barged into Hotel Clark’s Awadh, Barista and Café Coffee Day and damaged property in Hazratganj.

The fact that most of the shops were shut, as the market remains closed on Sunday, prevented the situation from taking an ugly turn. The demonstrator hurled petrol bombs, which exploded near the boundary wall of the State BJP office on the Vidhan Sabha Road. The demonstrators set fire to a couple of posters of senior BJP leaders in front of the party office, which wore a deserted look because of Sunday.

The demonstration was different as probably for the first time both Shias and Sunnis, the two sects of the Muslim community, came together on a platform to jointly organise the show. The demonstrators assembled at the Tile Wali Mosque here at around 9 am and from there they marched in a procession towards the Vidhan Bhawan.

Addressing the gathering, Islamic scholars and religious leaders demanded cancellation of US President George W Bush’s upcoming visit to the country and recall of India’s ambassador to Denmark.

Some protesters fired shots in the air and burst crackers to register their protest.The demonstrators carried placards and shouted slogans against Denmark, Britain and the US. They also torched effigies of US President George W Bush, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in front of the Vidhan Bhawan.

Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad urged members of the minority community to boycott Coke and Pepsi and other food products of multi-nationals. He said the clerics should take a vow that they would not preside over ‘nikah’ ceremony of any Muslim wedding in which such products were served.

Maulana Shah Fazlur Rehman Waiizi Nadvi and United Muslim Morcha vice-president Salahuddin Shibu accused the UPA government at the Centre of surrendering before the imperialist Bush. They also wanted an apology from the government for voting against Iran at the IAEA and asked it to restore the minority character of the Aligarh Muslim University.