Going beyond the allegations that the Muslims in India are
discriminated against, a ruling party member of legislative assembly in Maharashtra March 26
alleged that Muslims in India are in fact punished because of their religion.
"We have been hearing that Muslims in
India are being punished due to their religious identity. This is
now an established fact", a media report quoted Jitendra Ahwad,
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA from Thane as saying.
Ahwad was speaking in the context of
the alleged perpetrated acts of terror by the Hindutva organisations
for which Muslim youths were blamed and detained by the
"Santan Sanstha and Abhinav Bharat
belong to the school of thought which is run and patronized by RSS. Such a school should be closed
immediately", Inquilab, a
Mumbai based Urdu daily quoted Ahwad as saying.
Ahwad claimed of having 'eye-opening'
revelations against the Hindutva terrorist organisations and
promised to make them public during the next assembly session.
Ahwad was speaking at a seminar titled
as 'What it means to be a Muslim in India Today' held
in Mumbai yesterday by ANHAD, a New Delhi based NGO headed by
activist Shabnam Hashmi.
Besides Ahwad, the seminar was also
addressed by Shabnam Hashmi, Maulana A Hameed Azhari, Mahesh Bhatt,
Yusuf Abrahani, Amir Edrisi, Rauf Lala and Shahid Lateef.
In the wake of the latest revelations
about the terror activities of the Hindutva organisations, the
seminar observed, "It is now obvious that the investigating agencies
forced the Muslim youths to confess their involvement in a crime
they were not aware of."
Claiming that the investigating
agencies by doing so crossed the limits of their duties, the seminar
demanded re-investigation of all the blasts that occurred in last
twenty years and release of the Muslim youths implicated in false cases.
It also urged the government to compensate them for the losses they and
their families have incurred.