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Wednesday September 14, 2011 10:27:10 PM, Staff Reporter

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Malegaon: In a tragic case of communal conflict in Niwasa in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, 32-year old Asif Patel was shot dead September 13 in the evening by the rioters after he refused to accept their diktat not to file a police complaint against them.


"Asif Patel was shot by the rioters between 7 and 8 in the evening September 13. He received severe bullet injuries and hence died on the spot", President of Jamiatul Ulema Nasik Shafeeque Qasmi said while speaking to on phone.


"Asif was punished for not obeying the Hindu rioters who had looted and burnt to ashes his mother's house following the riot which erupted on the Eid day August 31, 2011", he added.


Communal infighting erupted in Newasa on August 31 after a spat between two Hindu rival groups turned communal ahead of Ganesh festival. The rioters freely looted and burned the properties belonging to the Muslims. The house of Halima Patel, mother of Asif Patel was also looted and burnt to ashes by them. Consequently, Asif Patel despite being threatened filed the police complaint against those whom he had seen indulging in the violence and looting.


"Asif Patel had identified those who were involved in rioting and filed the FIR - first information report against them, despite receiving threats", Qasmi said.


Newasa, a small town of 40-45000 people near Pune highway, has 3500-4000 Muslims. The incident shocked the local Muslim population and they refused to perform Asif's funeral unless the culprits were caught.


"However", Qasmi said, "After Krishna Prakash, the district superintendent of police, assured them of taking quick action, Asif was buried late in the afternoon September 14."


The situation in Niwasa is tense but fully under control.








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