'Arrest goons who went on rampage, targeted mosque in Mandsaur, check CCTV footage to identify'
Shams Ur Rehman Alavi
MANDSAUR/BHOPAL: A memorandum seeking arrest of the goons who went on rampage in Dorana town of Mandsaur district, has been sent to the Governor.
The demands include immediate arrest of those involved in vandalism at the mosque and creating scare in the area. The Governor has been urged to direct the authorities to ensure that the people responsible for the violence, were arrested.
The memorandum further mentions that the rally was taken without permission and Muslim houses were targeted. The doors, windows of houses were smashed and goods taken away. Besides, the flag at the mosque was replaced with a Saffron flag.
The Madhya Pradesh Muslim Vikas Parishad (MPMVP) has said that it was clear that the attack and rioting was pre-planned. 'Local residents have lodged a complaint in this regard. We want all those who are named in the complaint to police and others who can be identified by CCTV footage, are booked and action taken against them under the National Security Act (NSA).
'The strong mob was brought with the aim to cause communal riot and hence stern action must be taken against those who led the rally", demands the MPMVP office-bearess including secretary Riyaz Ahmad Khan and other office-bearers. The memorandum has been sent to Governor, through the Sub-Divisional Magistrate. A copy of it will also be presented before the High Court.
THREE DISTRICTS, THREE INCIDENTS: UJJAIN, MANDSAUR AND INDORE
Hundreds of members of right-wing groups had taken out a rally that reached Dorana on December 29 evening. After reaching the place, they raised slogans, played loud music and even rummaged houses. Islamic flags were taken off and Saffron flags were hoisted.
Similarly, on the same day, in Indore, a rally reached Chandankhedi that falls under Gautampura police station's jurisdiction. Here too slogans were raised and there was violence. Local residents said that houses were targeted, Hanuman Chalisa read outside mosque and attempt was made to damage the minaret of mosque.
The third incident occurred in Ujjain. Here, the rally took the route that has a Muslim pocket, Begampura. There was a clash and later officials demolished houses. Several organisations have handed over memorandums to the leaders, officials and state police chief seeking action--demanding arrest of the accused and action against local officials who allowed rallies and remained mute spectarors when the vandalism took place.