meddling in India: Narendra Modi
Chief Minister Narendra Modi said here Tuesday that the central
government should address the issue of US interference in the
internal affairs of India. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines
Malegaon: Zakat Foundation of India Chairman, Dr. Syed Zafar
Mahmood, in a meeting in New Delhi after returning from Gujarat
tour said that most of the riot-affected people of Gujarat are still
facing great difficulties, according to a media report.
He said that in the localities, which
were built by local Muslim organisations, about 200 families
of riot-hit people are still living under unbearable conditions.
"These two localities are situated
between two dumping grounds, each about a kilometre long and 50 ft
high with mounds of rubbish. It is very difficult for a common man
to stay there even for a short while but these unfortunate and
helpless people have perforce been living there for years", The
Milli Gazette quoted Dr Zafar Mahmood as saying.
"In both these localities there is
unbearable stench from all the sides and certainly along with wind
dirt and harmful germs also come. In rainy season dirty water and
dirt of this place flows into their houses", he added.
"There is neither sewage nor drainage system
nor schools for children of riot-hit people in these localities.
Monthly income per head is from Rs 2000 to Rs 3000 who work mostly
in factories. These people have also not been provided with
necessary documents of their houses", he said.
Dr. Zafar Mahmood had visited Gujarat during American Federation
of Muslim Indians (AFMI)’s welfare programmes and after personally
seeing the conditions of the people and their localities expressed
his deep concern.
He made an appeal to the people of
Gujarat to unite themselves and jointly struggle for their rights
by working within the limits of Indian Constitution and laws.
asked them to find out the true position under RTI and constitute
a pressure group to put pressure on government officials to
provide all civic and other government facilities for themselves.
He impressed upon them that unless Muslims and riot-affected
people themselves join a common platform and pressurize government
officials for removal of their difficulties, nothing would be
He made an appeal to well-to-do Muslims of Gujarat to
cooperate with ZFI so that assistance to all riot-hit people of
Gujarat could be provided in an organised manner.