NEW DELHI—Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has said that the Jahangirpuri communal violence is a result of “police inaction” and an “outcome of a planned conspiracy”.
The JIH is one of the biggest socio-religious organization of Indian Muslims active all over the country.
The JIH made the comments in a statement issued to the media.
A delegation of the organization led by its national vice-president Prof. Muhammad Salim Engineer visited the affected area. The delegation members met the affect families and interacted with the local people to gather the first-hand information about the situation.
JIH National Affairs Secretary Mohammed Ahmed, JIH Delhi state President Abdul Wahid, and other JIH office-bearers were part of the delegation. The delegation also met the senior police officials there and apprised them of all the facts.
“Whatever happened in Jahangirpuri and the manner, in which the violence occurred, clearly suggested that it was not a sudden outbreak, but deliberately planned,” the delegation stated.
The delegation said, “Processions were taken out twice before the violence on that day to spoil the atmosphere. When the third one was taken out during the exact time of Iftar and prayers, some people suddenly came out with drumming and playing loud music. The same people, who were part of the procession, started aggression with shouting provocative slogans. Some of them armed with weapons, openly brandished during the procession, according to locals. The delegation also came to know that permission for the procession had not been taken and adequate police force had not been deployed to prevent any untoward incident.”
Commenting on the role of the police, the delegation pointed out that “the violence could have been avoided had the police done their job properly.”
The delegation has appealed to the police to avoid unilateral action and arrest the real culprits as soon as possible and take stern action against whoever is guilty without any discrimination.
The delegation informed that Jamaat-e-Islami Hind is in touch with the victims, focusing on the basic needs of the people of the affected areas and working to meet their legal and other immediate needs.
Talking to media persons during the visit, Prof. Saleem called the violence “very painful, tragic and an outcome of a planned conspiracy.”
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