Mumbai/Malegaon: Accepting the call given by more than
40 NGOs, thousands of people thronged the Azad Maidan in Mumbai on
January 20 demanding release of the Muslim youths arrested in the
blast cases and a ban on RSS and its affiliate organisations.
The protest was organised following
the confession of Swami Aseemanand - a Hindu extremist, who in his
confessional statement before a magistrate, said Hindu
organisations were involved in various bomb blasts including
Malegaon 2006 & 2008, Samjhuata Express, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer
In the protest that the organisers
termed as 'Agitation Against Sanghi Terrorism', the speakers
alleged that by carrying out a propaganda through the media,
investigators had built a perception of Muslims being responsible
“If there is a blast in a masjid and
Muslims are killed, even a common man will tell you that it cannot
be the job of a Muslim person. Investigating agencies have
deliberately twisted investigations and trapped Muslim youths.
Strict inquiry and action is needed against the RSS and erring
investigators. A blast is a blot on the nation,” The Hindu
quoted Maulana Adbul
Hameed Azhari of Malegaon as saying.
In light of Swami Aseemanand's confession of his involvement in
the Malegaon 2006 blast, they demanded bail for the nine accused
arrested in the case.
The protestors demanded a ban on
“fascist organisations” such as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)
and the Abhinav Bharat.
“These organisations are the root
cause of hatred and enmity between people in the nation,” the
organizers said in a press statement made during the rally.
The organisers said if their demands
were not met before the budget session, they would be forced to
intensify their protest and gherao the state assemblies and the
Thursday's rally was also addressed
by Ab Kaleem, who specially came from Hyderabad to demand release
of the Muslim youths and protest against terrorism. Ab Kaleem was
detained in connection with Mecca Masjid blast. He was released on
bail last week after Swami Aseemanand mentioned in his
confessional statement that it was after meeting Ab Kaleem that he
decided to do a 'pryashchit' for his 'wrongdoings'.