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Muslim bodies angry over clean chit to Rao

The clean chit to former prime minister P V Narasimha Rao by the Liberhan Commission has drawn criticism from Muslim organisations...

Written by Virendra Nath Bhatt | Lucknow |
November 26, 2009 3:07:42 am

The clean chit to former prime minister P V Narasimha Rao by the Liberhan Commission has drawn criticism from Muslim organisations,who hold him responsible for the demolition of Babri Masjid,like the Sangh Parivar.

However,they are wary of organising protests for three reasons: the Bakr-Id festival on November 28,the approaching anniversary of the demolition on December 6,and the apprehension that any protests will only help the saffron forces.

“It is amazing to see how the Liberhan Commission has exonerated Narasihma Rao who connived in the conspiracy hatched by the Sangh Parivar,” said Peerzada Saleem Ahmed Khan,former general secretary of the AMU Students’ Union and president of the Parcham Party. “If Rao was innocent,what made Congress president Sonia Gandhi tender an apology to the Muslims for the demolition?” “But there is no wisdom in protesting,it would only help the communal forces,” he added.

Maulana Ali Farooqui,state chief of the Jamait Ulma Hind,said,“Whatever the findings of the Liberhan Commission,Muslims will never forgive Rao for the mosque’s demolition. He not only waited for the disaster to happen but abetted in the demolition.”

Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan,president of Ittehad Millet Council,an influential organisation of the Barelvi sect of Sunni Muslims,said Rao’s crime was bigger than Kalyan Singh’s. “The mosque was demolished on December 6 and on the same day government of Kalyan Singh was dismissed,while the temple at the same site was constructed in the next 36 hours when UP was under President’s rule,” he said.

Zafaryab Jilani,convener of the All India Babri Masjid Action Committee,said,“Rao was guilty of demolition in the eye of the people. Giving him a clean chit will not change this fact.”

ATR inadequate,weak,says CPM

NEW DELHI: Describing the Action Taken Report tabled by the government on the Liberhan Commission report as “weak and inadequate”,the CPM on Wednesday raised questions about the Centre’s intention to prosecute the BJP,RSS and Sangh Parivar leaders who have been indicted by the probe panel.

The CPM Politburo also pointed fingers at the Commission,which probed the Babri Masjid demolition,for giving a clean chit to the then central government headed by P V Narasimha Rao. By doing so,it said,the Liberhan panel has “laid itself open to the charge of a political bias”.

Criticising the government for having come up with a weak ATR,the CPM said the document “displays a lack of political will to bring those responsible to justice”. Referring to the Sri Krishna Commission report on the post-Babri riots in Mumbai,it said those who have been indicted by Commissions for communal violence have got off scot-free in the past also.

“It is incumbent on the central government to prosecute,within a timebound framework,all those named and to expedite the proceedings of the cases currently in the courts,” the party said. ENS

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