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Opposition leaders misled Maharashtra Assembly: State Minority Commission

Says, their observations made in the house on dead cows found in Malegaon are far from reality

Monday, July 26, 2010 10:57:34 AM, Staff Reporter

Minority Commission Chairman Naseem Siddiquee while speaking to the press in Malegaon on July 24.


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Malegaon: Maharashtra Minority Commission Chairman Naseem Siddiquee came down heavily on the opposition parties, specially the Opposition leader in Maharashtra Assembly, Eknath Khadse, and said his observations made in the house about the dead cows found along the highway near Malegaon city were baseless, incorrect and intended to gain political mileage.


“After meeting the officers and going through the facts, I found what the opposition parties and their leader said in the house on July 22 while describing the incident was misleading and far from reality”, said Naseem Siddiquee while speaking to the media on July 24 in Malegaon.


Siddiquee was on a day-long visit of the town to have first hand account of what had actually happened in Malegaon on July 21 after eight dead cows were found along roadside.


Brushing aside Eknath Khadse’s claim that the incident was a conspiracy ‘hatched’ to hurt ‘Hindu sentiments’ on the day of Ashadhi Ekadashi, he said, “On the basis of the post-mortem reports, it is evident that the cows died due to suffocation, at least 24 hours before they were found on the highway. Prima-facie the case is of accident and there is no evidence of any conspiracy.”


Eight dead cows were found along the Malegaon-Manmad highway few kilometres to the actual town dominated by the Muslims on July 21 early in the morning. After the incident, people owing allegiance to Sangh Parivar stormed the western part of Malegaon for consecutive two-days. Cases of stone-pelting, looting and burning of properties owned by Muslims were reported in the area. Private and state-owned vehicles were damaged in the stone pelting, that also injured few people including a senior reporter associated with a Marathi daily.


Unruly scenes were also witnessed in the Maharashtra Assembly where BJP and Shiv Sena leaders created ruckus in the house forcing adjournments. They were carrying provocative placards and banners. Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse described the incident as "inhuman and deliberately done on the auspicious occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi on Wednesday."

"The bodies were swollen. It looks like they were killed two days ago and then their bodies thrown on the streets on Ashadhi Ekadashi. This is a conspiracy to hurt Hindu sentiments," he said in the house.


However, Minority Commission Chairman Naseem Siddiquee after visiting Malegaon on July 24 and going through all the facts dismissed opposition charges.


"Post-mortems conducted on the dead cows does not show any wound or injury. The cows died due to suffocation that could have probably occurred due to over-loading. Further investigations are on and guilty would be booked", he said.


He also said, since the opposition parties does not have any issue to take on the ruling alliance, they 'created storm' in the house on a 'non-issue'.


Earlier, District SP Milind Bharambe had also dismissed the conspiracy theory saying, "the number of dead cows that were found in itself suggest that there is no conspiracy as such".




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