Intensifying their demands for justice, the Muslim leaders of Malegaon sat for a day long dharna in front of the Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) office on June 4 in Malegaon. In a letter handed over to SDO Ajay More, the Muslim Leaders, working under the banner of Kul Jamaati Tanzeem since 2006 blast, urged the Governments at the Centre and in the State to take immediate action on their demands or face a mass movement.
“For the last more than two years and a half, we have been pleading before the government, both at the centre and at the state, to look into our demands with the respect and attention they deserve, as the future of many innocents and their families are at stake,” Sufi Ghulam Rasool Qadri asserted, adding, “Today’s Dharna is an expression of anger and condemnation over the Governments’ apathy towards our demands.”
Malegaon, the predominantly Muslim textile town in North Maharashtra went through two terrorist attacks, one in 2006 and the other in 2008. Both the incidents, that preceded the Muslim festivals resulted in the casualties of the local Muslims. While the investigating agencies put the blame of the 2006 blast on the Muslim youths belonging to SIMI, the ATS arrested Sadhavi Pragya Singh Thkaur, serving army officer Col. Purohit, Swami Dyanand and other terrorists belonging to right wing Hindutva extremist groups for masterminding the 2008 blast.
Demanding that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) speedily completes its investigations into 2006 Malegaon blast and the Muslim youths in jail for more than two years and a half should be released, local Muslim leaders of Kul Jamaati Tanzim, an umbrella organisation formed after the 2006 blast having leaders from all the religious sects, decided to sit on a day-long dharna outside the SDO office in Malegaon on June 4.
In reply to a query the leaders said they would be meeting State Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in his Mumbai office on June 8. “We would wait for what comes out of the Monday’s meeting with the Chief Minister. If he refuses to meet us or fail to give any time-bound assurance, we would straight away go to Azad Maidan from his office and sit for a dharna again to press for our demands,” said Maulana Abdul Hamid Azhari who led the agitation in Malegaon. “From Azad Maidan the programme for the mass movement to bring the government to its knees would be declared”, he added.
Along with the speedy investigations of the blast and release of the Muslim youths, the leaders are also demanding adequate security arrangements for Abrar Ahmad, the approver-turned-hostile, whose life, the leaders say, are in danger ever since he has filed an affidavit accusing few police officials of hatching a conspiracy to nab the Muslim youths.