LUCKNOW: Enraged over the complacency with which the State government handled the Muzaffarnagar riots, Muslim leaders, top clerics and Islamic academicians from Darul Uloom Deoband (DuD) see a bigger conspiracy behind incidents of communal riots in Uttar Pradesh (UP). They believe the time is not far when Muslims in UP will have to re-asses their political preferences for a more secured future.
Islamic academic at Deoband insist that violence in Muzaffarnagar was merely a part of a much bigger conspiracy to stroke communal violence at a much bigger level. Scores of seminary students traveling by trains being signaled out and thrashed unprovoked in the last week of August too was a part of this very design, feels Ashraf Usmani, spokesperson of Darul Uloom.
“It appears that there is an organized attempt to pump up communal passions ahead of the 2014 general elections,” says DuD spokesperson Ashraf Usmani. “One can now see a link between the unprovoked attacks on DuD students on board trains connecting Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar and Deoband with the rest of the state in the last week of August,” says Ashraf. The DuD students were signaled out, robbed of their skull caps and assaulted in moving trains, he said, adding: “We took up the matter with the state government and opted not to go to town with the issue as it could have triggered communal passions. Still no action was initiated against those behind the attacks.”
National President of Jamiyat Ulema Hind Maulana Arshad Madni is curious to know why chief minister Akhilesh Yadav did not take note of his alerts that he passed on to him personally when he talked to him during the latter’s visit to Delhi on Friday.
Madni, who has a strong hold on the community across the state in general and western parts of the state in particular, said he took up the issue with Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) president and Union minister Ajit Singh as well on the issue.
Leading Sunni cleric and Imam of Aishbagh Eidgah in Lucknow, Maulana Khalid Rasheed, said Muzaffarnagar incidents have prompted the common ‘Musalman’ to reconsider its approach towards the political parties.
Ashraf Usmani says that the government could have had averted the communal clashes if it waned to.