‘Malegaon blasts arrests vital in exposing Hindu terrorism’
Last Updated: Thursday, October 30, 2008, 00:00
Mumbai, Oct 30: Muslim intellectuals and political leaders on Thursday said, the arrest of a Sadhvi and other activists in connection with the Malegaon and Modasa blasts, marks a good beginning in exposing the role of Hindu outfits in terror activities.

"This is just a tip of the iceberg and names of many top brass leaders of Hindu right wing organisations would figure if the investigations are carried out without any political pressure," Prof Dr Anwar Amir Ansari, Secretary, Aman Committee, said.

"Though it (arrest of Hindu fundamentalists) is a late action, its a good beginning, let there be impartial probe, Ansari said.

"Why there are double standards in booking the accused under soft act and why are they are they not placed under stringent laws like MCOCA," Ansari asked.

Ulema Council Chief Maulana Kashmiri, said, with these arrests police can lead to the real culprits involved in the earlier blasts including the Mumbai train blasts.

"Why the ATS is not talking openly to the media. Is it under any pressure from the government?" Kashmiri asked.

He also rubbished reports that the move is to appease the minorities with an eye on the forthcoming elections.

"Terrorism does not have any religion, but this is a reality, that members of the Hindu outfit have been involved, but of course they are not members of BJP," Hyder Azam, BJP Minority Cell, Mumbai President said.

"The Muslim community always suspected that some Hindu fundamentalists were involved in the blasts, as Muslims would not attack religious places - mosque or any dargah," Anees Ahmed, Minister of State for Dairy Development and Animal Husbandary, said.

"The earlier blast in Malegaon on the Shabe Baraat (which is one of the biggest day for Muslims), no true Muslims will ever do such act," Ahmed said.

The minister also said that, "Muslims were always patriotic to the nation and would never betray the country which has given everything to us."

Meanwhile, former food and civil supplies minister Arif Mohammed Khan also demanded for a thorough probe into the role of right wing groups in the Malegaon blasts.

Khan, said with the arrest of the right wing members shows that definitely some more top leaders of this right wing are involved in such "nefarious acts".

Khan while congratulating the Maharashtra police and the state government for nabbing the culprits said, that communal parties are responsible for disturbing the harmony in the country and particularly in Maharashtra.

Social activist Shabbir Somji, said, "As the matter is under investigation, one should not draw conclusions and also the entire community should not be blamed for a group of people's act."

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 30, 2008, 00:00

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