A prelude to Malegaon
September 20, 2006, Aleem Faizee
Published in the Milli
Gazette after September 2006 blast in Malegaon. Copy of this article
was given to every leader who visited Malegaon after the September
2006 blast. It was also to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and CPM
leader Prakash Karat in New Delhi
blast victim in September 2006 (File Photo)
Few months back one morning when we
woke up there was an small news in some Urdu newspapers stating that
some Hindus belonging to Bajrang Dal and RSS were killed in a
blast that occurred because of some cracker like explosives in their own house
As the matter was about to cool down, the Urdu press
again reported that this was not an ordinary incident but people killed in
the blast were active members of RSS and Bajrang Dal and they were
actually making the bomb and because of some mistiming this blast
Not only this, fake beard, Muslim scalp, Kurta and outfits attired by
Muslims along with maps and diaries containing details of the
mosques were also seized by the officials at the same place.
Because of the sensitiveness of the matter, Urdu press solemnly
reported all these details and asked for immediate inquiry of the
whole incident. Non-Urdu print and electronic media literally
ignored the whole thing as if nothing had happened.
On the other side, people allegedly, at official and non-official
level tried hard to cool down the whole incidents but they miserably
failed in their attempts and the demand for independent inquiry
gained momentum led by none other than local Muslim MLC. It was then
that English media reported the whole incident and the matter came
in full light with electronic media once again ignoring it.
The demand continued to grow and as if the officials and
sympathizers of RSS and Bajrang Dal were afraid that their
conspiracies would be exposed soon, it was then that a huge arm haul
was found in Malegaon and Aurangabad. Immediate arrests were made and
full coverage by all sects of media for ten fifteen days.
Apprehensions were made about the involvement of “some MLA or MLC”
and fingers were allegedly pointed at the same MLC who was at the
forefront demanding the probe of the Nanded incident.
It was alleged that the arm haul in Malegaon and Aurngabad and the
consequent arrests were the attempt to cool down the Nanded incident
on one side and the warning to the people who were continuously
demanding the probe on the other.
But they did not budge from their demands and one day we came to know
that the police had failed an attempt to attack RSS headquarter in
Nagpur by “Muslim Terrorists”. Allegedly it was also cited as an
attempt to warn the whole Muslim community who were demanding the
probe of the Nanded incident. This was further confirmed when
Justice Kolse Patil along with several other organizations and NGOs
found that the encounter in Nagpur was actually fake and it was
deliberately planned to malign the already tarnished image of the
whole Muslim community.
Reports also came that when some MPs tried to raise the demand for
probe of the Nanded incident they had been forcibly stopped and had
been told that “ you are talking of Nanded, don’t you know what
happened in Malegaon and Aurangabad?”
In between attempts were continually made to incite communal
violence and as a last endeavor Statue of late wife of Balasaheb
Thakre was maligned in Mumbai and, as a tradition, this act was also
attributed to Muslims. Not only that they miserably failed in their
attempt to incite the communal tension, they backtracked from their
stand of the Muslim involvement when the matter was put to
discussion in the assembly and state home minister hinted at some
clues about the architects of this act.
But just when it was thought that Muslim community will come clean
of all these acts, Mumbai trains were targeted and around 200 people
died in one of the most heinous act of terror. People in general and
Muslim community all over in particular were in shock and grief not
only because of this act but also because of the fear that might
In spite of this they did whatever was there in their hands to
assist the victims and the injured with a spirit that can only be
expected from “humane” which poor Muslims are never termed as.
Muslims in Mumbai did their job well without expecting any praise or
honor and “terrorists” again failed in their attempt to disrupt the
communal harmony but they did succeed in putting the whole Muslim
community under suspicion. The blind and indiscriminate arrests were
made and it seemed that the whole Muslim community would be put on
The perpetrators of these terror acts did succeed in widening
the gap between Hindus and Muslims that was came to light when that
famous and painful SMS roamed all over India that “ Ok. Not all the
Muslims are TERRORISTS but why all TERRORISTS are Muslims?”
Now people believed that all Muslims are TERRORISTS. Half the work
was done but still lot of work was to be done. They have still not
succeeded in inciting any major communal violence, which was
necessary to gain advantage in near future.
It was then that Malegaon, famous for communal impatience (because
this city had around 75% of Muslim population and Muslims “wherever
they live they only incite violence, they do not know how to live in
peace.”) had been chosen for the attack and it was shattered on
Friday, September 08, 2006 in the afternoon while people had just
completed their Friday prayers.
This news came at around 01:50 PM and immediately spread across the
city that serial blast has occurred at Qabrastan on the eve of
Shab-e-Barat where lakhs of people were expected in the night.
More than 30 people had died and the people who had injured in this
drastic act could cross hundred.
The perpetrators must have expected that after the blast people of
Malegaon would definitely react the way some people have reacted in
Gujarat after Godhra.
They failed in their attempt and what followed after this, is the
history in itself, if one observes more than 100 years’ history of
While people of Malegaon in general and Muslims in particular must
be congratulated that they defeated the perpetrator of this heinous
crime in their aim of disrupting the communal harmony of this Power
loom city, some section of the media and press were busy spreading
the painful rumors that these are the acts done by some Muslim
All the Muslims are continually demanding with their fellow secular
non-Muslim friends that impartial and independent inquiry should be
made about not only Malegaon blast but all terror acts on Indian
soil then why government of India is afraid of independent inquiry
is a question in the minds of plenty of people.
When the fascists in India can kill Mahatma Gandhi, that too, when
the saint had just completed his prayers, how can they spare fellow
Indians (that include Hindus and Muslims both) to achieve their
goals? (The Milli Gazette)
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