FIRs filed against Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind chief; Assam Police examining ‘provocative speech’

The newspaper also quoted Madani as saying that any attempt to sabotage the on-going NRC updating process in Assam will create a situation like Myanmar.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: November 16, 2017 4:14 am
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As many as three FIRs have been lodged in as many police stations in Assam against Maulana Syed Arshad Madani, president of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, for making a statement amounting to “promoting enmity between communities” in the backdrop of updating of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state.

Confirming this Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay said the police were examining various evidences including the original audio and video recordings of a speech that Madani had reportedly made in a seminar in New Delhi on Monday, and ‘appropriate action’ would be taken once the allegations were proved true. “We are procuring the audio and video tapes of Madani’s allegedly inflammatory speech,” DGP Sahay said.

“The police have received three FIRs, two in two different police stations in Guwahati and one in Tezpur against some comments made by the Jamiat chief which allegedly amount to promoting enmity between communities. Moreover, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal too has asked me to take up the matter with urgency,” Assam Police director general Sahay said at a press conference here on Wednesday.

Reports in several local newspaper and TV news channels here have quoted Jamiat chief Madani as saying that a conspiracy was hatched in Assam to take away the citizenship of Muslims and create another Myanmar. The Assam Tribune quoted Madani as saying, “A conspiracy is being hatched to take away the citizenship of the Muslims.” Madani had even warned that one community would retaliate in the event of their names being dropped from the NRC, the newspaper said.

The newspaper also quoted Madani as saying that any attempt to sabotage the on-going NRC updating process in Assam will create a situation like Myanmar. “If panchayat-issued residency certificates are not considered as valid documents for claiming citizenship, lakhs of Assam’s women residents will be deprived of their nationality, turning India into a second Myanmar,” the newspaper quoted Madani as having said. Other Guwahati-based newspapers too have carried similar reports.

Madani had made that allegedly inflammatory statement in a seminar titled “Current Political Impasse in Assam: Updating the NRC and the Question of Citizenship” organized in New Delhi on Monday by a little-known group called Delhi Action Committee for Assam (DACA). Among those from Assam who attended it alongside Jamiat chief Madani included noted Assam intellectual Hiren Gohain, veteran journalist Haider Hussain, Gauhati University professor Abdul Mannan and former Nort-East Hill University professor Apurba Kumar Barua.

While Madani’s reported statement has already triggered off widespread protests across Assam, chief minister Sonowal has taken a stand that his government would consider as enemies of the state those trying to derail the NRC updation process. “Elements trying to derail preparation of the NRC will be treated as enemies of the state. The government will not sit idle against such elements,” Sonowal said.

The ruling BJP and its ally AGP have both condemned Madani’s alleged statement. “Madani’s statement is highly provocative and communal. He is also trying to challenge the Supreme Court under whose supervision the NRC is being updated,” said BJP state general secretary Manoj Barua. AGP president Atul Bora – who is also a minister in the Sonowal government – on the other hand has described Madani as “anti-national.”

Various groups including the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) have burnt effigies of Madani across the state, some also demanding his immediate arrest. “Madani is engaged in a conspiracy to scuttle the NRC preparation by making such highly inflammatory, provocative and communal utterances,” said AASU chief advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya.

The Congress party in Assam too has condemned the Jamiat chief. “Madani’s statement at a seminar in Delhi on November 13 is definitely provocative and communal. The Congress being a secular party does not support such statements,” a statement issued by the APCC here on Wednesday said.

The All India United Democratic Front (AUIDF) headed by Maulana Badruddin Ajmal however has said that section of the media had misinterpreted what Madani had said. “I have listened to the audio recording of what Madani had said. He spoke in Urdu and a section of the media have misinterpreted it,” AIUDF general secretary Aminul Islam said.

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  1. C
    Nov 16, 2017 at 5:47 pm
    Jihadi Madanis' have expressed their original nature and threatened to spread Jihad again on Indian soil. Muslims breed like pigs and afterwards deplete all other countries over the world. This is the character of all the Jihadists(Muslims). The people of Bangladesh was more than Pakistan in 1971 which was more than 70 million. And now Pakistan have 200 million and Bangladesh have 160 million. The breeding symptom of Muslims are the same in nature as like as pigs with polygamy. So, where's the gap at least 40 million of Bangladeshis gone. The answer is very easy. Most of them have entered in India and living in West Bengal and Assam with the evil vision to divide India again by Jihad. The most foolish of the world, Hindus are not able to understand this easy and simple equation. The vulture is eating the carcass with raft attention. India is like a carcass and all Jihadists are with raft attention on India. The Khangress, CPM and TMC misrule are liable for this tragedy in India.
    1. C
      Nov 16, 2017 at 5:19 pm
      The We Bengal and Assam sheltered Bangladesh Muslims? In West Bengal, Millions of Hindus are tortured, raped and their temples are damaged by the Mullahs everyday. Usually the Admin and Police dont take FIR and dont listen to Hindus. The Admin. and Police are always ready to make happy and appease the Mullas. Whenever they get any allegation from Hindus, they are very reluctant to hear it. They always try to hide the rapes, violence and love Jihad activities on Hindus by Mullas. This is the scenario of West Bengal now and previously in Assam Admin. and Police due to rule of Jihadin Mumtaz Begum and CPM in Assam. There is another part. Hindus who has entered West Bengal after severe torture from Bangladesh are not getting any valid documents since thirty years but the Jihadists who come from Bangladesh are getting valid passport by seven working days to be a valid citizen of India. What a atrocity for the Hindus. What an appea t politics in West Bengal and was in Assam.
      1. M
        Nov 16, 2017 at 4:32 am
        Maulana Madani needs to understand that there are Pakistani Hindus living in Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi who have been denied Indian Citizenship. For over TWENTY YEARS they have been waiting to prove, that in Pakistan, they are a " cuted Minority". Previous UPA Government NEVER entertained their pleas of cution. So, they NEVER granted them Indian Citizenship. Only the present NDA Government has even read their pe ions on being a cuted minority. Numbering nearly 35,000 these Hindus cannot get Indian Passport or some of them even Ration Cards. Whereas the Bangladeshi Muslims in ASSAM were issued with Ration Card by the Congress Governments in Assam and Delhi. Even as late as 1998, there have been reports of Bangladeshi Muslims settling down in parts of ASSAM. Every COUNTRY in the World CONTROLS Illegal Immigration. Why NOT India??
        1. A
          Nov 15, 2017 at 11:27 pm
          terrorist swine scumbag