Kasganj riots must be probed, monetary loss of Muslims, Hindus be compensated: Jamiat
Kasganj: Some hoodlums on the occasion of the Republic Day, 26th January 2018, tried to destroy the amiable atmosphere of this sleepy town by disrupting a Republic Day celebrations being organized by the local Muslim community. These hoodlums belonging to the Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) tried to force Muslims to hoist the Bhagwa flag instead of the tricolour.
The forced violence instigated by the saffron camp consumed the life of one of the youth who was part of the rally. More than a hundred people have been arrested by the police, most of them Muslims, while a large number of shops belonging to the Muslim community have been torched to inflict huge financial losses on the Muslim community. Several homes have also been torched, while all efforts have been made to torch a Muslim place of worship. Even now, five days after the Republic Day, they are trying their best to keep the embers of violence alive. In the meantime, a large number of police has been deployed in the town.
A delegation of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind headed by its state president, Maulana Muhammad Matinul Haq Usama Qasmi, visited the riot-scarred town. Other people in the delegation included Jamiat’s All india secretary Maulana Hakimuddin Qasmi and Jamiat’s Farrukhabad President Mufti Zafar Ahmad Qasmi. The locals told the delegation that the administration was completedly under the influence of the local MLA and MP, both of whom belong to the BJP.
While talking to the media in Kasganj, Maulana Matinul Haq expressed his shock over the loss of live and property in the town in communalviolence. He said that at a time when the nation was celebration the Republic Day, and the Muslims of hte area were also celebrating it, ABVP and VHP goons tried to disrupt it and unfirl bhagwa flag instead of the tricolour in its place. He said that the inflammatory anti-Muslim slogans by the VHP and the Bajrang Dal activists inflamed the atmosphere, leading to the violence in the area.
He said that the mindless violence took the life of a young youth and badly injured another, affecting his eyesight forever. He said innumerable people suffered monetary losses in teh form of destruction of their homes and businesses.
He said that on the instruction of Maulana Mahmud Madani, general secretary of the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind, a relief committee has been formed that will take stock of the losses suffered by the locals in their businesses and homes. He said that every effort will be made to support those people whose businesses have been destroyed in the violence.
Qasmi went on to add that legal support will be provided to those people who have been illegally arrested by the police in the wake of the violence. Most of the youth arrested in town folowing the saffron inflicted violence were Muslims. Curfew was also clamped down mostly in the Muslim localities of the town.
Maulana Qasmi asked the government to provide monetary compensation to everyone affected in the riot irrespective of religious or caste affiliations. Maulana asked the government to find out the real instigators of the violence and search the killer of 22-year old Chandan.
Maulana Hakimuddin Qasmi asked Muslim youth not to get agitated over the turn of events and never lose hope. He asked them not to take the law and order in their hands. The delegation told the Muslim youth that this violence is not Hindu vs Muslims. The rioters tried to destroy the communal amity in the town. The same people are trying to destroy the peace across the nation and not just in town. They asked the common people not to get carried away by rumors being spread in a well-planned manner across the state and throughout the country.