A delegation led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan
which comprised of Muslim MLAs and community leaders from the
state August 17 met Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Law
Minister Salman Khurshid in New Delhi.
During the meeting with both the union ministers, the delegation,
which included State Minister Arif Nasim Khan and MLAs Amin Patel,
Baba Siddiqui, Ab Sattar, and community leaders Dr Azeemuddin,
Salim Alware, Fareed Shaikh, Maulana Abdul Hameed Azahari and film
producer and activist Mahesh Bhatt, discussed in detail about the
bias attitude of the Maharashtra police against the Muslims.
"We made it
clear to both the union ministers in front of the Chief Minister
that though there is a congress led government in New Delhi as
well as in Maharashtra, the police actions against the Muslims are
biased and motivated", Salim Alware said while speaking to
ummid.com from New Delhi on phone.
The delegation also expressed their
concern over the continued injustice meted to the Muslim youths of
Malegaon who are in jail since 2006/07.
"We expressed our concern to the
government about the way the Malegaon blast cases are handled. It
was also brought to the notice of the ministers that despite ample
proof suggesting that the Muslim youths are innocent, they are
still in jail and not even granted bail", he added.
The delegation demanded from the
government that corrective measures should be taken immediately so
that no injustice is done to anyone on the basis of caste or
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had assured the Muslim
MLAs and leaders who met him separately on August 13 & 14 in
Mumbai to lead them to New Delhi to discuss these issues with the
centre. Chavan's assurance came after the Muslim leaders
threatened to boycott the Iftaar parties hosted by the
government and the congress party.