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Varun Gandhi's acquittal in hate speech case worrisome: Akhilesh told in Mumbai
Thursday May 23, 2013 11:30 PM , Ather Shazan, ummid.com

The Muslim leaders belonging to over a dozen NGOs on Thursday met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Singh Yadav and expressed concern over the acquittal of Bhartia Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Varun Gandhi in the hate speech case.

They also discussed with the visiting Chief Minister various issues concerning the Muslim community including recent death of Khalid Mujahid, brutal attack on Khalid Mujahid's counsel Advocate Mohammad Saleem, murder of ASP Ziaul Haq and a series of communal riots which took place in the state.

"The way Varun Gandhi has been acquitted in the hate speech case is dangerous for the entire country", said President of Islamic Defence Cyber Cell Abdur Rehman Anjaria while raising the issue with the chief minister.

He demanded immediate suspension of the concerned officers and urged the state government to appeal the acquittal in the high court.

President of All India Muslim Youth Movement Aamir Idrisi expressed concern over the series of communal riots which took place in the state after Akhilesh became the chief minister.

"Ever since the Samajwadi Party has come to power in Uttar Pradesh, the Muslims of the state have become unsafe and vulnerable to violent attacks. A series of communal riots are proof of this", he said.

President of Jamitul Ulema Mumbai Abdus Salam Qasmi alleged that the death of Khalid Mujahid was not natural.

"It is a murder. We doubt that he was killed because he was innocent and was soon to be released", he said.

Reminding the Chief Minister of the promise Samajwadi Party had maded in the run up to the assembly elections, the Muslim leaders urged to give reservation to the community.

"Samajwadi Party had promised reservation for the Muslims in its manifesto. But, one year on, no progress is seen on this front. If Samajwadi Party wants to stay in power, it should fulfil its promises", President of Ansari foundation Siraj Ansari said.

Earlier, the Muslim NGOs had planned to greet Akhilesh Sing with black flags and protest during his Mumbai visit. However, at te behest of Maharashtra Samajwadi Party Presient Abu Asim Azami, a meeting was organised between Akhilesh and the Muslim leaders.

Akhilesh Singh after listening to the Muslim leaders expressed regret over the death of Khalid Mujahid and said the culprits would not be spared.

"A high level investigation into the entire incident is on. Whoever found guilty will be punished", he said.

The Chief Minister also said that the state government was working on a plan to give reservation to the Muslim. "We are working on something which will also be helpful for other states", he said.


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