On Sporadic Riots across the Country: Badruddin Ajmal, an MP, writes to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh
Presented herebelow is the text of a recent letter written by Member of Parliament, M. Badruddin Ajmal, to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, at a time of deepening communal fissures between Meo Muslims and Gujjars in Rajasthan.
The communal clash between Meos and Gujjars in Gopalgarh area of Bharatpur district in Rajasthan is one more jolt to the UPA government in Centre and a fresh wound in the hearts and minds of minority community in our country. The situation continues to be tense and disturbing till date. Muslims of the area are scared as they find themselves in a situation where they can’t trust anybody, neither police nor any other government agency. Several members of the minority community – Meos Muslims, got killed in the firing between Gujjars, local police and Meos on Wednesday (14th September 2011).
According to reports by a fact finding groups from ANHAD and Jamiat Ulam-e-Hind which visited Bharatpur on Thursday (15th September 2011), there are strong evidences to suggest that police and the local administration in Gopalgarh acted in a completely partisan and biased manner while dealing with the clash between Meos and Gujjars.
Police reportedly not only joined Gujjars in gunning Meos down, when the firing started but also they didn’t take action against Gujjars when they were allegedly burning Muslims alive on Wednesday evening. There are enough instances to prove that at present, police is trying to suppress and destroy evidences related to the horrible, human rights violations of the members of the minority community by the local police and Gujjars.
These sporadic riots and inefficiency of the law and order establishing agencies starting from Frabezganj in Bihar to Muradabad in Uttar Pradesh to Bharatpur in Rajasthan are to highly disturbing for nationwide communal harmony, peace and development of India. I believe there are elements working to disrupt faith and confidences of the Muslim community over UPA governance.
Slow and half-hearted actions from governments after each riots increases the pain of the victims. I strongly demand your decisive and immediate actions against the culprits.
M. Badruddin Ajmal,
Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha)
1. Ms. Sonia Gandhi, UPA Chairperson and President, Indian National Congress,
2. Mr. P. Chidambaram, Home Minster of India