The Mumbai Muslims belonging to over a dozen NGOs
August 04 expressed shock and anguish over the Mumbai HC verdict
granting bail to the 2008 Malegaon blast accused and asked the
government why bail could not be granted to the Muslim accused
arrested in the 2006 Malegaon blast case on the same basis.
"If the 'Saffron Terrorists' can get
the bail order from the court, why the Muslim youths of Malegaon
who are in jail since last more than four years cannot be released
on the same basis?", president of the Mumbai based Khair Ummat
Trust, Haroon Mozawala asked the government.
Haroon Moozawala who presided over
the meeting held at the Trust's Mumbai office yesterday was
speaking to ummid.com on phone from his Mumbai office.
"With the confessional statement of
Aseemanand everything has become clear. It is surprising that the
government is not willing to take any step for the release of the
innocent Muslim youths even then. Why this injustice?", he asked.
The meeting also decided to hold a
meeting August 07 in the morning to chalk out future course of
action so that the matter is taken with the government in a proper
manner. The organisers have also invited legal experts for their
Earlier on August 04, the Muslim
community leaders here in Malegaon had also condemned the poor handling of the 2008
Malegaon blast case, alleging
that the Mumbai High Court verdict to grant bail to the blast
accused has exposed the double standard of the investigating
"The court verdict has once again
proved how leniently the investigating agencies are handling the
2008 Malegaon blast case in which Hindu terrorists are involved",
Kul Jamaati Tanzeem leader Maulana Abdul Hameed Azhari said while
speaking to ummid.com.
"On the other hand, the same
agencies are very strict against the Muslim youths arrested in the
2006 blast case. This, despite the fact that Swami Aseemanand has
already confessed about his involvement in the incident", he
Maulana Azhari was speaking a day
after the Mumbai High Court granted bail August 03 to the two
accused arrested in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.
"If it is the matter of the proof,
what proof does the investigating agencies have against the Muslim
youths? How can one rely on the charge-sheet filed by the
investigating agencies which terms a person
600 kms away from Malegaon on the day of the incident as one of
the planters?", he asked.
"Instead of correcting their
mistakes, the investigating agencies are paving way for the
release of the potential accused in the two blasts", he alleged.
He also criticized the government
for the way it intends to fight the terrorism.
"Every now and then we hear that the
prime minister and the home minister vow to fight the terrorism.
Is this the way they want to fight the terrorism? Or by fighting
the terrorism they mean to marginalize the Indian Muslims further
on the basis of assumptions and fabricated stories?", he asked.
Meanwhile, the 24-hour hunger strike
which began April 25, 2011 completed 100 days on August 03.
Ramadan, the fasting protesters are sitting for dharna to demand
release of the Muslim youths and a ban on the Hindutva terrorist
On the 100th day, they pledged once
again that their protest would continue till their demands were