A high level probe has been demanded into the root cause of the
violence following stone-pelting incident in Itwara locality of
Bhopal wherein tensions ran high as Muslims and Kanjars came face
to face in the wee hours of August 11. The incident flared up
following mud splashing incident from a bike.
The demand for probe has been made by the Coordination Committee
of Indian Muslims, (CCIM), Madhya Pradesh unit in a Press release
while condemning the incident. The committee has expressed grave
concern over the violence and patted police for controlling the
situation before it took an ugly turn.
Masood Ahmad Khan, secretary of CCIM, demanded that the police
should bust the drug peddlers’ racket in the Itwara locality and
stop illegal liquor trade in the area. The committee expressed
concern over reports of indiscriminate arrests and said that the
real persons behind the violence should be identified and nabbed.
However, in the process innocents should not be framed, the
The CCIM also urged the district administration to remove
encroachments from the Itwara locality.
Meanwhile, Bhopal's Shahar Qazi Syed Mohammad Fazil Qasmi, has
filed a complaint with the local police seeking action against
those circulating SMSs in his name, advising people not to buy
clothes from particular shops. The Qazi stated in the complaint
that neither he nor anyone associated with him had sent this SMS,
and it seemed to be a mischief aimed at disrupting the communal
It may be mentioned here that prior to the stone-melting incident
tension gripped the city a few days ago, when some Muslim youths
tried to prevent women from the community from shopping by
themselves -- without a “Mahram” (male relative) -- in the local
market, a few days ago. It had followed a sermon by Qazi regarding
whether women should step out alone for shopping. However, he said
his message had been misunderstood. The complaint has been
registered in the Kotwali Police Station.