‘We have observed a thousand times that riots do not occur out of the blue but are carried out. One thing that is common to all governments is that Muslims are attacked, Muslims are killed, their houses and shops are set on fire and then they are arrested under severe provisions of law, too’
NEW DELHI – Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH) on Monday said that it had handed over 52 new and repaired houses to Delhi riot victims.
The anti-Muslim communal violence in the north-eastern parts of Delhi in February had claimed 53 lives, and damaged a large number of properties and places of worship. The frenzied mobs had targeted and burnt down Muslim houses as well as several mosques.
JUH said it had been engaged in relief and rehabilitation work in the affected areas since Day One. In this regard, the houses which were burnt down and the mosques which were deliberately damaged were duly surveyed by JUH which had then announced to rebuild and repair them.
At that time, Maulana Arshad Madani, JHU President, had said in a statement that JUH had been carrying out its social duty of helping and rehabilitating people in the affected areas, irrespective of religion and caste, and had promised to rebuild damaged properties.
After that, members and volunteers of JUH have been busy in the affected areas. In this regard, construction and repair work of 19 houses in Khajuri Khas, 17 in Garhi Mehdho and 16 in Krawal Nagar have been completed and handed over to their owners. In Khajuri Khas itself, the Fatima Mosque was badly damaged by mobs. Its repair and renovation has also been completed and now regular prayers are being offered in it, informed the Jamiat in a press release.
Maulana Madani said that it was astonishing that in the country’s capital Delhi, killings, looting and arson continued for three consecutive days but the law-enforcement agencies were in a deep slumber. He also said that if the administration had been vigilant and performed its duty honestly, this horrible riot could have been prevented from spreading to other areas and then there would not have been such a large-scale loss of life and property.
Maulana Madani further said that it was a planned attack by sectarian elements on Muslim communities in a fearless manner, and they looted shops and burnt houses without any fear, adding that the death roll in the riots is said to be 53 out of which only 13 are non-Muslims.
He said that the government must accept the blame for ‘planned riots’. “We have observed a thousand times that riots do not occur out of the blue but are carried out. One thing that is common to all governments is that Muslims are attacked, Muslims are killed, their houses and shops are set on fire and then they are arrested under severe provisions of law, too,” said Madani.