According to the Commission, in order to vitiate the atmosphere to incite communal violence followers of Hindutva ideology are taking out rallies in Muslim areas.
Waquar Hasan | Caravan Daily
NEW DELHI —Taking notice of the recent attacks on Kashmiri Muslims and other ordinary Muslims after the Pulwama attack, Chairman of Delhi Minority Commission Zafarul-Islam Khan wrote to Delhi Commissioner of Police Amulya Patnaik asking the police to be ‘alert’ and ‘proactive’ regarding these incidents.
“There are attacks on Kashmiri Muslims and even ordinary Muslims, in various parts of the country in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Pulwama. Even in Delhi, attempts are being made to vitiate the atmosphere and trigger riots,” read the email sent by Khan to Patnaik.
According to the Commission, in order to vitiate the atmosphere to incite communal violence followers of Hindutva ideology are taking out rallies in Muslim areas. The email mentions that provocative slogans are being raised before Muslim households in areas with a mixed population.
Reminding the police of the erupting riots like those in Jammu city, the Commission has asked them to be both alert and proactive. “Kindly order all police stations in Delhi to be alert, proactive and responsive to keep peace and amity at all costs,” said Khan in his email.
Talking to Caravan Daily about these incidents, Khan said “This further makes the issue complex. They are not a patriot in the real sense but they are false patriots. They are using the incident for their political gain. This should not happen at all. In such time, the country should be united. This is very wrong and not in the interest of the country.”
Khan complained that the police was not issuing any directives to maintain law and order. “In this regard, the police must issue a general order appealing to maintain law and order. But it is not happening,” Khan said.
Mentioning the incidents of attacks on Kashmiri and minorities, Khan said, “In Delhi and other states like Bihar and Jammu, such incidents have been reported in which minorities and Kashmiris have been targeted. This is very wrong. It must stop. The culprits must be punished.”
The day after the Pulwama attack, incidents of people attacking Kashmiri and Muslims have been reported from across the country. In Patna’s Kashmiri Bazar and Kashmiri residents were attacked by a mob on Friday. The incident forced 40 Kashmiri residents to wind up their business established in the area. Kashmiri students studying in Dehradun were reportedly attacked by Bajrang Dal Activists and Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Kashmiri houses and vehicles were torched in Jammu.