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Bukhari wants Akhilesh govt to make Nimesh Committee report public; chief of Rashtriya Ulema Council calls it a cold blooded murder

Bukhari wants Akhilesh govt to make Nimesh Committee report public; chief of Rashtriya Ulema Council calls it a cold blooded murder

The ruling SP’s plan to woo the Muslim community seems to have gone awry with the death of Khalid Mujahid,an accused in the 2007 serial blasts,on Saturday. Muslim clerics are now mounting pressure on Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to make the Nimesh Commission report public.

Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari met SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh on Sunday and demanded compensation and a government job for Khalid’s family. “The Nimesh Commission report should be tabled. Effective steps should be taken for the release of other Muslim youths from jail. CBI enquiry is not sufficient as the agency is under political pressure. The probe should be by some independent agency,” Bukhari said.

The country’s largest Islamic seminary,Darul Uloom Deoband,condemned the incident. “Khalid’s death is a stigma on Akhilesh’s government. Not only the Muslim community but all secular people want to know under what circumstances did he die,” Mufti Abul Qasmi Nomani,Rector,Darul Uloom Deoband,stated. Ashraf Usmani,a faculty and official spokesperson of the seminary,said,“There were reports,as per the Nimesh Commission,that 42 policemen were accused of falsely implicating Khalid and Tariq Qasmi. We cannot deny that this incident happened to save those policemen.”

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“It is a cold blooded and well planned murder,” alleged Amir Rashadi,chief of Rashtriya Ulema Council.

Rihai Manch,an organisation spearheading campaign for the release of innocent Muslim youths,condemned the incident. Shahnawaz Alam,Manch’s spokesperson,claimed that Cabinet minister Rajendra Choudhary was apprised about the life threat to these youths. “Choudhary should be held responsible for the lapse and resign,” Shahnawaz stated. Rihai Manch leader Shoib Ahmed claimed Mulayam was fooling Muslims. “We had demanded that Nimesh Commission report be made public. Withdrawing cases against Muslims was a gimmick by the state government,” Shoib stated.

Mahmood Madani,president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind,doubted the police’s version of the story. “The state government should immediately table Nimesh Commission report. Such conspiracy can be extended to other Muslim youths in jail. FIR on 42 police persons is insufficient. They should be immediately arrested and questioned,” Madani stated.

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Zafrul Islam Khan,who heads All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat,also blamed the state government.

Riyaz Ahmed,Minister of State for Khadi and Village Industries,however,defended the state government. “It is too early to arrive at any conclusion. It may be a natural death. Let the real cause of death come out in open. If there is any lapse,I will be first one to question the government,” he said.

First published on: 20-05-2013 at 02:25 IST
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