Mob lynching: All India momin conference writes to Modi, questions ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’

July 9, 2017 by  
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India, July 8, 2017: All India Momin Conference, an organisation of Muslim weavers and artisans, have written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attract his attention towards the atrocities against Dalits, minorities and other weaker sections of the society.

The letter cites the famous slogan of PM Modi ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ and says, “Unfortunately despite this beautiful promise, incidents of atrocities on Dalits and lynching of Muslim Indians are consistently increasing day by day.

“The lynching of young Hafiz Junaid in train, in full public view on the eve of Eid has surpassed all limits when an Indian citizen was lynched because of his religious identity,” the letter says.

Hafiz Junaid was a 15-year-old boy who was killed in Delhi-Mathura bound EMU express on the suspicion of carrying beef. In fact, Junaid was returning from Eid shopping that day when he was not only attacked, attackers pulled his beard and threw his skull cap.

The letter mentions previous episodes where Modi had condemn cow vigilantes, who have no job other than attacking on minorities. Modi had said, “Some people are running shops in the name of cow protection.”

In reference to the Modi’s statement the letter reads, “But elements inimical to our communal harmony belonging to organized groups, some even close and affiliated to the ruling party,have c ontinued their activities particularly in BJP ruled states of Rajasthan, Haryana, UP and Jharkhand, and the state authorities are watching as silent spectators.”

Feroze Ahmad Ansari, the national president at All India Momin Conference told, “We wrote the letter to PM Modi as well as President of India, Home minister and Minority affairs minister. We do not think of Modi as representative of BJP, but as the leader of a secular nation.”

Ansari, who is also an advocate at the Indian Supreme Court, said, “We have hopes that our Prime Minister will take tough action against those vigilantes. Because a country like ours cannot tolerate crimes and such criminals.”

Telling about how Weaver community is affected with the lynching incidents, Ansari said, “It is not about weavers, but about the weaker sections. Mob killed Junaid when he was returning through a local train. You don’t think if he would be coming from a stronger community, he would still be running through local train, do you? He would be returning through a car and there would be no chance of lynching.”

He further said, “Those people are the easy and prime targets who are at the lowest strata of the society. That’s where concerns of weaver community mixes up with Dalits, tribal and other weaker section of the society.”

All India Momin Conference was established in 1926 and stood up bravely against Mohammad Ali Jinnah during partition and opposed the two-nation theory. Feroze Ahmad Ansari said, “We have always been nationalist and never searched for homes outside of India.”

Telling about the need to write a letter, Ansari said, “The times we live in are tough. If you start protesting directly, people would say that why did you not write first? Before any protest or movement, we want the government to stand up and take the action as per the slogan ‘Sabka saath, sabka vikas’.

– tcn

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One Response to “Mob lynching: All India momin conference writes to Modi, questions ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’”
  1. Verita says:

    Pleas publish Mr. Modi’s response this letter so that the minorities may know what he says.

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