Malegaon: In a no-holds-barred
attack on Maharashtra Home Minister and senior Nationalist
Congress Party (NCP) leader RR Patil, a Mumbai based Urdu daily in
its recently published issue raised questions over his integrity
as minister and blamed him for working on RSS directives.
“From communal riots at Meeraj, Pusad and Dhule to bomb blasts in
Malegaon, Mumbai and other places, the home ministry under RR
Patil always blamed the Muslims and indicted them in cooked-up
cases. But the same home ministry remains mute spectator when
people ransack hospitals, resort to violence, openly damage public
properties, and what has now become clear, indulge in terror
activities”, Urdu Time, a Mumbai based daily wrote in its special
column February 07.
“The home minister, who had ordered police to resort to firing in
reply to stones could not even order lathi-charge against them”,
Farooque Ansari, Deputy Editor of Urdu Times wrote in his daily
column on the editorial page.
The newspaper’s tirade against RR Patil came in the wake of state
government’s decision to appoint former ATS Chief KP Raghuwanshi
as Thane Police Commissioner. Raghuwanshi during his tenure as
Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief was blamed for
wrongly framing Muslim youths in terror cases.
“By appointing Raghuwanshi as Thane Police Commissioner, RR Patil
has only added salt to the injuries of the Muslim community”, he
“The Muslim community members are seeking action against
Raghuwanshi ever since Swami Aseemanand’s confessional statement
appeared in the media. Instead of facing action, he is being
rewarded”, he wrote.
“During his entire tenure as Home Minister, there is no example to
prove if he is interested in doing justice to the Muslims”,
Farooque Ansari wrote in his daily column.
“Looking at the way he is functioning, one fails to understand if
he is RR Patil or RSS Patil”, he wrote further.
In yet another article in the same issue, Urdu Times targeted the
entire Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and blamed it for working
“By appointing KP Raghuwansgi as Thane Police Commissioner, NCP
has made it very clear that it is not only against minorities but
it does not want to keep this thing a secret’, Ab Rahman Siddiqui
wrote in Urdu Times February 07.
“NCP is at the helm of affairs in the state home ministry ever
since the Cong-NCP alliance government came in the power. But the
party which won the elections on Muslim votes never cared about
the promises it had made to the community”, he wrote.