Accusing Indian print and electronic media for concealing facts about the ‘repressive’ measures adopted by police in Dabhyal village of Nowsari district in Gujrat, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Tuesday alleged for an alleged cow-slaughtering act, police has let loose a reign of terror in the area and has arrested 77 Muslims including two women so far while the arrest spree is in progress.
Secretary Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Maulana Muhammad Hakimuddin Qasmi who is in Kashmir in connection with relief and rehabilitation work rued the fate of Muslims living in Gujrat. “Dabhyal area has vast population of Muslims where some 4,000 students have been taking Islamic education at Madrasa “Jamia Arabia Taleem-u-Din’. This seminary was founded by Alama Anwar Shah Kashmiri and he frequently used to visit here,” Qasmi said.
He said that in the same area on the pretext of cow slaughtering act, police is harassing Muslim population. “Islam permits cow slaughtering, still Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind head Maulana Mehmood Madni after visiting the area had assured the police no such slaughtering will take place in the area and yet the police did not change their attitude and continue to arrest and harass the innocent people there,” he said.
Rebutting the police claim that a police party was attacked by Muslims there, he said that on spot verification proved that locals helped four policemen to get out of the area safely when some people lost their cool against ‘unwarranted’ harassment. “It is absurd on part of Indian media to highlight the cow-slaughtering act, but are silent the way two innocent Muslim youth suffered injuries in police firing,” he said that instead of highlighting the plight of local population there, Indian print and electronic media is provoking the police against the Muslims residing in the area.
Qasmi added that a delegation of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind met I.G.Police Hansmukh Patil but he did not listen to us. He appealed media to shun bias and highlight the truth so that innocent people don’t suffer.