Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) staged a demonstration in front of the office of Deputy Commissioner here on Monday against the protest calls reportedly given by the Sangh Parivar and its outfits to close down madrasas and mosques. C. Ahmad Jamal, State secretary of IUML said that such a demand was “mischievous” and an “affront to the sensibilities” of a section of society. Encouraging such demands would only divide society, he said.

Mr. Jamal said madrasas were centres of learning and every effort was made to inculcate good values among students there.

“The mosques are centres of devotion for Muslim community and equating them with terrorist hubs is baseless,” he said and added that all like-minded people should collectively foil the nefarious designs of Sangh Parivar.

In a memorandum submitted to the authorities, the IUML stated that the Sangh Parivar and its outfits were trying to portray mosques and madrasas as training grounds of terrorists. Noting that their demand had come in the wake of arrest of a few youth from the Muslim community in terror related activities in the State of late, it said, viewing an entire community with suspicion was wrong. It has sought protection for religious institutions.