Special Correspondent

Warn of reconsidering support if no action is taken

Accuse YSR and Mohammed Ali Shabbir of inaction

To meet Manmohan Singh and seek ban on Bajrang Dal

HYDERABAD: Accusing the government of failure in controlling the communal violence in Bhainsa and the surrounding villages in Adilabad district, Muslim religious leaders sought the dismissal of Home Minister K. Jana Reddy.

Addressing a press conference after attending a meeting convened by Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi here on Tuesday, the leaders reminded the Congress that it was on their appeal that the Muslims had supported it in the last elections, ensuring its return to power in the State and the Centre.

Caution

“If no satisfactory action is taken to prevent such incidents and bring the culprits to book, we may have to reconsider our support,” they cautioned. They included Maulanas Hameeduddin Aquil Hussami, Raheem Qureshi, Qubool Pasha Shuttari, Abu Nasar Aber, Taqi Raza Abedi and Mufti Gayas Rahmani.

Describing the incident of burning alive of six persons of a family as “horrific”, they said it was surprising that the Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, had done nothing to control the situation, while the Minorities Welfare Minister, Mohammed Ali Shabbir, did not speak a word. Maulana Aquil said there was total failure of law and order and the Home Minister was presiding over a department that was completely pro-BJP. Nevertheless they would meet the Chief Minister soon seeking action against the culprits and policemen guilty of inaction and the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, demanding a ban on the Bajrang Dal.

Instigation alleged

The religious leaders alleged that but for the indirect support from the police, the Sangh Parivar would not have gone an attacking spree targeting the minorities. They said the riots in Bhainsa were triggered by those participating in the Durga idol procession sprinkling ‘gulal’ on people coming out of a mosque after prayers.

The police and Intelligence Department had failed to anticipate trouble though Bhainsa is regarded as a communally sensitive town and a tense atmosphere prevailed there since the Ganesh festivities, they added.