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Combing operation in Dabhel continues, 10 women detained for over nine hours
Tuesday October 21, 2014 10:11 PM , Staff Reporter

Two weeks after violence broke out in Dabhel - a small town 15 kms from Navsari, Gujarat police Tuesday detained about 20 people including 10 women, signalling that the combing operation and arrest of members of the Muslim community will continue unabated.

According to Mufti Irfan of Jamia Islamia Taleemuddin, police detained about 20 people including 10 women on Tuesday at around 11.00 in the morning, and took them to Navsri police station.

"Naib Qazi of the Jamia, Qari Muhammad Bismillah, his mother and his sister were also among those detained by the police", he said while talking to on phone.

He said police also went to the house of Maulana Kaleem, a teacher of the Jamia. Since the Maulana was not in his house, police asked her to bring him to the police station.

"The police asked Maulana Kaleem's wife to bering him to police station else they will arrest her," Mufti Irfan said.

Shocked by the detention, the Principal of the Jamia Maulana Ahmed Buzurg and others went to the Navsari police station and demanded their immidiate release.

"As soon as we learnt about the police raid, we went to the Navsari police station and demanded their release. The police however took about ten hours before they released them at around 09:00 in evening", he said.

Violence broke out in Dabhel during Eid al-Adha festival when the police raided the village on October 07, 2014 after a tip-off about cow slaughter. Police said it was attacked by the locals when they were on duty. The police said the mob attacked the police team and also held a couple of them hostage besides dispossessing a constable of his rifle.

Locals however denied the allegations and said that police resorted to firing without any provocation. It was only after police firing, in which two Muslim youths were injured, stones were pelted on the police.

"However", Mufti Irfan said, "Some Muslims came to the rescue of the police and also offered them their homes as shelter."

Meanwhile, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH) has alleged that every year one or the other Muslim majority village is made target by a few groups in the state.

"We have noticed that every year one or the other Muslim majority village in Gujarat becomes a target of police action because of a few groups. The action could be prompted by allegation of cow slaughter or something else," JUH Gujarat's general secretary Abdul Qayyum told The Times of India.

"Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind is trying to bring the actual situation before the public. Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind president will be visiting those who were injured in police action and meet the families of the affected," Qayyum added.

President of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Arshad Madani had visited the village after incident. Maulana Mehmood Madani, General Secretary of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind has reached Baroda, and he will be visiting the town Wednesday.

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