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By Aleem Faizee

Courtesy Nashik Times October 5, 2008



Meanwhile over one lakh people emerged at the main Eidgah in camp area of Malegaon near MSG College to offer the Eid prayers on Thursday morning. Mufti Ismail who led the prayers, prayed for the peace and harmony in the town, and the country. After the prayers a motion to condemn the attack was moved by the Imams.


The town had witnessed a deadly terrorist attack just two days before Eid on Monday and the police and the government officials were worried about the security situation. Led by IG Police SP Gupta and SP (Rural) Nikhil Gupta who are camping in the town, heavy police bandobast was deployed at every Eidgah where the Malegaonians offered the Eid Prayers.



Mehmood Madni Addressing the press after visiting Malegaon that was rocked by a bomb blast on September 29, 2008 two days before Eid Al Fitr


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The dead bodies of those who were killed in the terrorist attack on Monday September 29, 2008 in the Textile town of Malegaon have been buried. Many of those injured in the deadly incident are in the hospitals struggling to get rid of their wounds while few of them are back with their families after the treatment. Providing whatever best they can to the victims, the Malegaonians in the meantime are also trying their best to bring the town to normalcy. However what they expect someone to bring for them are the answers to the many questions that have emerged after the blast executed barely few days before the Eid, the Muslim festival that symbolizes the culmination of the Holy month of Ramzan.


“Why?” people are asking, “Even after being informed that some unclaimed vehicles are standing in front of Abdullah Chacha’s office, police did not take any action?” Police had repeatedly appealed to the people to do so.


Abdullah Chacha, the man in question is known for his strict behavior. “He would not allow anyone to park even a cycle in front of his shop”, says Asif Ali Driver, who is working for Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP). “And when he saw the vehicle in front of his office at around 04:30 in the evening, he sent someone to inform to nearby police chowki, few meters away. When he didn’t find the police taking any action, he himself informed them while going for the evening prayers at 08:00.” Even this failed to move the police and hours later when he came back the vehicles were still there. Before he could do a try one more time, Abdullah Chacha who is badly injured in the blast says, he heard a huge explosion and felt the fire in his whole body. When Dy. Chief Minister RR Patil visited Abdullah Chacha in the hospital he repeated the same to him.


However this is not the only question which is haunting the Malegaonians. The police had also received a phone call few days before the blast telling “Kuch honewala hai”, admitted IG Police S. P. Gupta in front of the press. And when Delhi felt the tremors on Saturday September 27, Malegaon was abuzz with the rumors like, “Lagta hai kuch gadbad hai.”


By evening SP Nikhil Gupta was in the town. He personally took thorough accounts of the security measures and appealing the people not to believe in the rumors, assured them of their safety. The security measures taken by the police and the appeal, published in the local newspapers on Sunday evening, did help in generating a sense of security in the town. However twenty four hours later the situation became exactly opposite. “We were fully ready for any situation. Unfortunately the terrorist took a chance”, Dy. Chief Minister RR Patil observed. (Courtesy Nashik Times)


More Than One Lakh People Emerged for Eid Prayers on Thursday October 2

at the Main Eidgah in Camp area of Malegaon.






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