NEW DELHI — Muslim leaders have sharply reacted over the statement of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh about his government’s plan to rope in Muslim clerics to check ‘rise in radicalisation’ among Muslim youths in the country.
The community leaders charged that Singh’s statement is a ploy to divert attention from the recently-exposed terror plot of saffron groups.
Navaid Hamid, President, All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, said: “Home Minister is unfortunately escaping from his responsibility to respond to the direct threat and open challenge posed to the constitution, law & order machinery, peace and state itself by the goons of Sanatan Sanstha. The statement given by the home minister is nothing but a diversion from the open threat of the terrorists belonging to Sanatan Sanstha and other offshoots of Sangh Parivar.”
He further said: “Home Minster should stop diverting country’s attention from this dangerous Sanatan Sanstha and come out with stand against it instead of appealing to the Muslim clerics. He should respond to the demand of banning this Sanstha, confiscating its assets and order an investigation into the roots of terror funding to this organisation.”
Home Minister’s ‘Muslim Radicalisation’ Remarks Contradict His Previous Statements
Mohammad Salim Engineer, General Secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind said: “This is self contradictory that radicalisation is increasing among Muslim youth. Earlier several times government officials have said that no such radical organisation exists among Muslims. But it seems that government is not serious about the members belonging to some particular organisations, who are being arrested with explosive materials and planning terror activities. This shows double standard. Government must take strict action against those who have been taken into custody with substantial proofs against them.”
“We know that during previous governments too several innocent Muslims were arrested under false charges and later on after spending years in jail, courts have acquitted them,” he said referring to arrest of Muslim youths during Congress rule.
“As for home minister’s willingness to meet Muslim clerics, we welcome that because this will clear any such doubts about Muslim youth. But we can not accept charges of radicalisation of Muslim youth,” said Jamaat leader.