Hyderabad: Observing that the series of attacks on Muslims and their targeted killing in different parts of India are not isolated incidents, Ex-Army Major SGM Quadri on Tuedsay wrote a letter to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) demanding for justice "which must be seen to be done", and "done without delay".
"It is neither a sudden nor a stray incident. There is a pattern emerging, a sustained well-oiled, well-orchestrated Hate-Muslim campaign resulting into 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, 2014 Assam violence, Pune engineer’s murder, 2015 Dadri mob lynching, 2016 Jharkhand lynching, 2017 Patan riots and 2017 Alwar mob lynching", he wrote narrating in the beginning how 16-year-old Junaid, a Hafiz, was lynched in a running train few days before Eid.
Junaid with his two brothers and cousins was returning home after Eid shopping when he was stabbed to death, and his brothers and cousins mercilessly beaten in a running train just 20 kms from India's capital New Delhi.
The letter written on the letter head of "Social Initiave for Legal Remedies" is also signed by Dr Hasanuddin Ahmed IAS and Mohd Shafiquzzaman IAS.
"After the murder, allegedly the assailants jumped off at Asoti Railway Station and fled possibly as per a predetermined plan. If true, escape route and getaway vehicles with accomplices could have been waiting to help them escape in small groups", the letter said.
"Hindu terrorists marauding as Cow Vigilantes in Haryana and Delhi roaming free playing havoc, murdering innocent Muslims transporting cows for dairy farming, and looting their livestock has become common.
"In all these cases it is established that the cows were purchased and legally transported. But, even if someone smuggles cows or kills them, it is the law enforcing agencies alone who should take action and not let loose the murderous gang to take law into their hands.
"This way if the State abdicates its responsibility, it will be anarchical, the great Indian Secular Democratic Republic God forbid will slip into a banana republic", he wrote in his letter to NHRC.
"In all earnestness, and in public interest, we urge the Hon'ble Commission to investigate deeper into the sudden upsurge in the incidence of intolerance and crimes against Muslims, and bring to book the culprits behind it.
"Justice must not only be done, but must be seen to be done, and done without delay ... for justice delayed is justice denied", the letter said.