By Muslim Mirror Network
In response to the recent violence following the demolition of the Madrasa in Banbhoolpura, a joint delegation comprising representatives from Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind and Jamaat-e-Islami Hind visited Haldwani today to address concerns and express dissatisfaction with what they perceive as brutal and retaliatory actions by the administration.
The visiting delegation, including Maulana Hakeemuddin Qasmi, General Secretary of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Deputy Amir of Jamaate Islami Hind Malik Muhtasim, Deputy Amir Jamaate Islami Hind Shafi Madani, Maulana Ghayur Ahmad Qasmi, Senior Organizer of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Maulana Shafique Ahmad Al Qasimi, Senior Organizer of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Laeeq Ahmad Khan, Syed Saajid, expressed their strong disapproval of the administration’s actions during discussions with SDM Paritosh Verma, City Magistrate Richa Singh, and local police station in-charge Neeraj Bhakuni.
During the review of the situation, the delegation raised concerns about the issuance of shoot-at-site orders without following proper protocol, resulting in the unnecessary loss of lives. They criticized the police for resorting to stone pelting, as observed in video footage, instead of employing non-lethal alternatives like tear gas before implementing the shoot-at-site order. Such actions are highly condemnable.
The delegation unequivocally opposed mass arrests of innocent people, intimidation of women and children in Muslim minority neighbourhoods. They urged the police to exercise restraint and called upon the district administration to take effective steps to restore peace and trust in Haldwani.
Furthermore, the delegation demanded that the families of those who lost their lives be provided with compensation of one crore rupees, and one family member should be offered employment. Recognizing the emotional sensitivity of religious matters in India’s diverse society, the delegation emphasized the need for authorities to avoid actions that could escalate tensions. They called for a careful and considerate approach, stating that the recent events in Haldwani could have been prevented with a more understanding and inclusive strategy.
The joint delegation from Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind and Jamaat-e-Islami Hind conveyed their concerns to the authorities in Haldwani and called for immediate action to address the grievances of the affected community. They highlighted the importance of preserving communal harmony and ensuring that justice is served to all parties involved.
The visit of the joint delegation and their interactions with local authorities reflect their commitment to seeking a peaceful resolution and addressing the grievances of the affected community in Haldwani. Their demands for accountability, compensation, and a more inclusive approach should be taken seriously by the authorities, in order to restore trust and prevent further escalation of tensions.