Riot in Nandurbar; Spat between police and
Ganesh Mandal turned communal
Curfew is imposed in some parts of Nandurbar, the tribal district
in North Maharashtra, September 07 after a tussle between police
and members of a local Ganesh Mandal previous night turned into a communal
violence killing one person.
According to Shafeeque Ahmed Qasmi,
In a tragic case of communal conflict in Niwasa in Ahmednagar
district of Maharashtra, 32-year old Asif Patel was shot dead
September 13 in the evening by the rioters after he refused to
accept their diktat not to file a police complaint against them.
"Asif Patel was shot by the rioters
between 7 and 8 in the evening September 13. He received severe
bullet injuries and hence died on the spot", President of Jamiatul
Ulema Nasik Shafeeque Qasmi said while speaking to ummid.com on
"Asif was punished for not obeying
the Hindu rioters who had looted and burnt to ashes his mother's
house following the riot which erupted on the Eid day August 31,
2011", he added.
Communal infighting erupted in
Newasa on August 31 after a spat between two Hindu rival groups
turned communal ahead of Ganesh festival. The rioters freely
looted and burned the properties belonging to the Muslims. The
house of Halima Patel, mother of Asif Patel was also looted and
burnt to ashes by them. Consequently, Asif Patel despite being
threatened filed the police complaint against those whom he had seen
indulging in the violence and looting.
"Asif Patel had identified those who
were involved in rioting and filed the FIR - first information
report against them, despite receiving threats", Qasmi said.
Newasa, a small town of 40-45000
people near Pune highway, has 3500-4000 Muslims. The incident
shocked the local Muslim population and they refused to perform
Asif's funeral unless the culprits were caught.
"However", Qasmi said, "After
Krishna Prakash, the district superintendent of police, assured
them of taking quick action, Asif was buried late in the afternoon
The situation in Niwasa is tense but
fully under control.