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Community leaders condemn Mumbai violence, appeal for calm

Saturday August 11, 2012 07:00:55 PM, ummid.com & Agencies

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Mumbai: Top Muslim community leaders of the city on Saturday condemned the violence that erupted following a protest at Azad Maidan and appealed the people to maintain peace and calm.

 

"One wrong does not justify another wrong. The Mumbai violent is condemnable", Burhanuddin Qasmi of Darul Maarif said to ummid.com on behalf of top Muslim leaders of the city.

 

 "We appeal everyone to maintain peace, harmony and calm at every cost", he added.

 

His statement was endorsed by Mehmood Daryabadi and Ejaz Kashmiri of All India Milli Council, Farid Sahikh of Mumbai Aman Committee, Dr Azimuddin of Movement for Peace & Justice (MPJ) and others.

 

Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil appealed to the people to maintain law and order and assured them of appropriate investigations and steps against those guilty.

 

Meanwhile, Confederation of Voluntary Associations (COVA), a national network of voluntary organizations dedicated to the issues of social harmony, peace and justice, in a statement condemned the Mumbai violence and appealed for peace.

 

"We strongly and unequivocally condemn the attack on media in Mumbai by a section of people gathered at the Azad maidan to protest the violence in Assam and Burma. Using violence in a protest against violence is an insult to the suffering victims in whose support the protest was purportedly organised", it said in a statement.

 

"There are many non violent and democratic ways to communicate and protest any grievances, including against the media. This mindless and shameful action by a few misguided individuals discredits protest and becomes a disservice to a cause", it added.

 

"We also appeal to all citizens not to get swayed by this isolated and dastardly incidence and allow the situation to become a cause of conflict. Any communalisation of the situation will be harmful for everyone and totally against the interests of the nation", it said.

 

Violence erupted in Mumbai on Saturday when a protest by some Muslim organisations at the Azad Maidan to condemn the alleged attacks on Muslims in Myanmar and the Assam riots turned violent with a group of unidentified persons torching media and police vans.

 

The situation suddenly got out of control as policemen undertook a baton charge to disperse the mob.

At least three OB vans were torched while police vans were also targeted by the angry mob. A few buses were also attacked with stones.

Police immediately cordoned off the area and the connecting streets and fired in air to disperse the crowd.

According to police, the situation is now under control and top police officials have rushed to the spot.

 

Led by Raza Academy, an organisation working to promote Islamic culture, the protest to condemn the attacks on Muslims in Myanmar was supported by other organisations like Sunni Jamaitul Ulma and Jamate Raza-e-Mustafa. They also condemned the riots and violence in Assam.

 






 









 

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