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SP chief steps in,Bukhari drops Rampur visit plan

Mulayam says he will soon visit Delhi; personally meet victims

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow |
September 19, 2012 1:34:49 am

The Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari cancelled his visit to Rampur on Tuesday on the assurance of Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav that he would soon visit Delhi and personally meet victims of the police firing at Masuri in Ghaziabad last Friday.

Bukhari had announced to reach Rampur along with the relatives of the victims to meet Mulayam who was to attend the inauguration function of cabinet minister Azam Khan’s dream project Mohammad Ali Jauhar University.

Explaining cancellation of his visit,Bukhari said Mulayam had called him up late Monday night and requested for cancelling his visit to Rampur. “He said that he will be coming to Delhi on Wednesday and will meet me and the victims of Ghaziabad violence,” said Bukhari. He also stated that Mulayam has assured all possible relief to the victims and punish the guilty.

Bukhari castigated Muslim leaders and ministers,stating that it is a pity that none of them raised voice over an incident in which six Muslims were “murdered”. “It is shameful on their part,they should have come forward for the community’s cause,” Bukhari said,apparently targetting Azam Khan with whom he has a strained relationship.

Azam Khan did not respond,but said all works should go on simultaneously.

At the inauguration of the Rampur project,he said,“When the country was partitioned,there was a lot of bloodshed. But this did not stop other things. There have been tragic incidents,but this inauguration was important today,we will look after other things after it.”

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