President and members of the Gargandur Jamiya masjid near Hosathota in Somwarpet taluk of Kodagu alleged on Thursday that some miscreants were trying time and again to create communal rift between the Hindu and Muslim groups living at Hosathota, Gargandur and surrounding villages.
Anwar Pasha, president of the masjid, told pressprsons here that the recent tearing of the “bhagawadwaja” (saffron flag) at Hosathota was a case in point. This was the second such incident in the last three years, Mr. Pasha said.
Muslims had to suffer mentally for the mistakes of some people. All communities were living peacefully, but the recent incidents had cast a shadow on the cordial relations being nursed between communities in those areas.
Masjid vice-president E.P. Abdul Khader urged the police to book the culprits and bring them to book to put an end to such acts of mischief. Muslims were in minority at Hosathota and surrounding areas and they were never at loggerheads with the Hindus in the past, he said. T. Nasir, who is the main accused in the Bangalore serial blasts, had lived in Hosathota, but it was reflected as though the alleged terrorist had connections with the local Muslims.
K.P. Dinesh, a member of the Igoor Gram Panchayat (Hosathota fell under Igoor panchayat), said that the culprits should be caught and toughest punishment handed out since the incidents that were recurring had made Hindus and Muslims look at each other with suspicion. Hosathota was in the news recently following the visit of Tehelka reporter K.K. Shahina and others. Masjid secretary K.A. Rasheed said that if the guilty was a Muslim, he would be kept out of the Jamaat. Muslims in those areas were fed up of answering police ever since the Nasir episode came to light. The Muslims would appeal to all political leaders, associations, Governor, Chief Minister, Home Minister, to take steps to foster peace in Hosathota.