Muslim delegation meets government officials in Haldwani, demands halt to arbitrary arrests, relaxation in curfew, ex-gratia payment to families of those killed during violence

A Muslim delegation comprising representatives from Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind and Jamaat-e-Islami Hind meeting the Haldwani sub divisional magistrate and local police official in connection with Thursday's violence following demolition of a mosque and madrasa. Photo: India Tomorrow.

A Muslim delegation that visited Haldwani, met local administration officials on Sunday and urged them to stop arbitrary arrest of Muslims, relax curfew to allow people to buy essentials and pay ex-gratia compensation to the families of those killed in the violence that took place on Thursday.

India Tomorrow

NEW DELHI—A joint delegation of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind that went to Haldwani to take stock of the latest situation arising out of a clash between the police and the locals over the demolitions of a mosque and a madrasa by the local administration Thursday last, was not allowed to enter the violence-hit areas.

The delegation, however, met the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) and senior police officials.

Muslim delegation meets Haldwani SDM, police officials on Sunday.

Expressing deep concern over the loss of innocent lives in police firing, the delegation members appealed to the officials to stop arbitrary arrests, intimidation and harassment of Muslim youths and demanded relaxation in curfew to ease the life for the people in localities under curfew.

The visiting delegation also urged to ensure that the incident was not given a communal colour and vested interest groups don’t derive political mileage from the situation.

Expressing deep regret over the attack on policemen and the police station, the delegation members  urged the Muslim community to exercise restraint and keep patience.

JUH general secretary Hakeemuddin Qasmi addressing mediapersons in Haldwani on Sunday.

The Muslim representatives expressed the apprehension that the attack on police might have been orchestrated by some anti-social elements who instigated and took part in the violence to defame the Muslim community.

Muslims have remained peaceful in similar incidents in Mehrauli in Delhi where an 800-year-old mosque was demolished by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) a few weeks ago despite the fact that the case is sub-judice in the Delhi High Court, and several old ‘mazars’ in Delhi were demolished and levelled in the last few months. Muslims have also maintained peace despite grave provocation of ‘pooja’ on court orders in the basement of the Jama Masjid in Gyanvapi locality of Varanasi.

JIH vice-president Malik Moatasim Khan addressing mediapersons in Haldwani on Sunday.

The delegation urged the officials to make available essential food items in areas under curfew, open hospitals and medicine shops to treat the injured persons and permit relief organisations to provide essential commodities.

It appealed to the government to make ex-gratia payment to the families of those killed during violence.

The delegation members included Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) vice-president Malik Moatasim Khan, Jamiat Ulema Hind (JUH) General Secretary Maulana Hakeemuddin Qasmi, JIH National Secretary Maulana Shafi Madani, JUH representative Maulana Ghayyur Qasmi and JIH National Assistant Secretary Laeeq Ahmed Khan.


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