Three days after a Deputy Tahsildar announced he would not be
reporting to his duty following his son's death in the police
firing, Deputy Mayor and 14 other Muslim councilors of Dhule
Municipal Corporation (DMC) have threatened to resign if a high
level enquiry into the riot and compensation for the victims are
The decision is announced by Deputy
Mayor Haji Shawwal in a press conference on Thursday. With this,
the demand for a high level enquiry into the probe -which is
already raised by others including Maharashtra Minority Commission
Chief Munaf Hakeem and Minister of Minority Development Department
Arif Naseem Khan, has gained further momentum.
"We have decided to resign from our
posts if our demands are not met within one month. Our resignation
letters have already been submitted to Jamiatul Ulema with a
request to forward them to our party heads", Haji Shawwal Seth
said to ummid.com.
Dhule Municipal Corporation (DMC)
has a total of 15 councilors. They include 04 from the Nationalist
Congress Party (NCP), 02 from the Congress and others including
Haji Sahawwal are independents. The decision is also supported by
03 members of Dhule School board.
“It is tragic to see that even after
four days, no government aid or relief has been announced for the
riot victims. The government is also reluctant on a high level
enquiry to probe the riot and police excesses that led to the
killings of six people", he said.
"Is this because the government
wants to shield someone and don't want the truth to come out", he
"Besides a high level enquiry, we
are demanding a compensation of Rs. 10 lakhs and government jobs
for the families of the six people who have been killed in the
police firing. We are also demanding a compensation of Rs. one
lakh each for the injured. If these demands are not met, we will
be resigning from our posts”, he threatened.
Riot broke out in Dhule on Sunday
and the police firing which followed the violence killed six
people - all Muslims, and left scores others injured. One of the
six dead is the son of a Deputy Tahsildar, Abdul Haleem Ansari,
who was on duty in the same area when the violence started. Upset
by his son's death, he announced on Monday that he would not be
reporting to his duty any further.
"This is a shock of life for me. I
am no longer be joining duty
and will be resigning from my post", Ansari, who has about six
months to retire, told the media.
Besides leaving six people dead and
more than 200 injured, including policemen, properties worth
crores of rupees have been destroyed in the arson and looting.
Some women alleged that policemen were also involved in looting
and they were mercilessly beaten up when they tried to stop them.
Local residents blamed the police of
using excessive force against Muslims. Minister of Minority
Development Arif Naseem who visited the city after the riots also
expressed disappointment over the way police handled the entire