The Dharna that was organised
at Azad Maidan today afternoon opposing the appointment of KP
Raghuvanshi as ATS Chief and demanding speedy completion of the CBI
investigations into the 2006 Malegaon blast case and shifting the
case in a fast track court ended with a warning to the government to
act in three weeks or face a public agitation, said the organisers.
"We have made our points very clear.
If the government does not take any action even now, we would be
forced to go to the streets", said Maulana A. Qayyum of All
Sects Organisation, Malegaon.
The Dharna organised by All
Sects Organisation at Azad Maidan was also supported by a host of
Mumbai NGOs that came in a large number to express their solidarity
with the people of Malegaon.
people of Malegaon will be coming to Mumbai to demand that the state
government accede to their just demands and release the victimised
youth. In tandem, we too demand that Mr. Raghuvanshi, the new
chief, be made to relinquish his task as he had misled the earlier
investigation into the Malegaon terror attacks", the NGOs had said
in a joint statement while extending their support to the people of
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Home
Arif Naseem Khan while speaking to ummid.com said, "I have assured
them that the Government is sincere in looking into their demands.
But so far we do not have anything from them in writing. Whatever
are the issues they should pen down on a paper and submit to us."
In reply to the query about the status
of the enquiry the Government had ordered on May 4, 2009 to look
into the allegations made by Abrar Ahmad, the accused in the blast
who was the approver but later turned hostile, Arif Nasim Khan said,
"The enquiry is going on and Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Home
is personally monitoring its progress."
In the meantime, though the organisers
are claiming the Dharna to be very successful, joining of the
few Muslim political leaders accused of exploiting the Muslim issues
for their own interests is not going well with few of the organisers.
"The Dharna was organised to
express our anger against the Government apathy and to seek justice
for the victimised youths lingering in jail. But by their presence,
these leaders keeping an eye on the upcoming assembly elections
tried to exploit the occasion for their own political interests",
said one on the condition of anonymity.