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'Muslims punished in India because of their religious identity'

Sunday March 27, 2011 08:18:02 PM, Staff Reporter

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Malegaon: 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 investigating agencies.


"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.  








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