Muslim leaders condemn Gaya blasts; ask media to desist from blaming the community before probe

By Muslim Mirror News,

Photo: NDTV
Photo: NDTV

New Delhi, July 7: Top Muslim leaders of the country have strongly condemned the terror blasts at the world famous Buddhist temple in Gaya district of Bihar today and requested the government to order a high-level impartial probe to bring the culprits to book. The Muslim leaders have expressed their strong anguish at a section of media and politicians for linking this blast with persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist country Myanmar and thus indirectly blaming Muslims in India for the Gaya blasts. The leaders have asked the media and politicians to desist from blaming the Muslim community even before thorough and fair probe.


Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind

Maulana Qari Mohmammad Usman Mansoorpuri, national president of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (Mahmood Madani group) strongly condemned the terror strike on the Mahabodhi Temple terming such attacks as nefarious attempts to fan hatred among various communities in the country. He further said that terrorists and anti- social elements carry out terror activities as they consider the peaceful atmosphere detrimental to their very existence.

Jamiat president expressed apprehension over media’s quick linking of the blasts with ethnic violence in Myanmar and asked the national media to avoid adding salt to the wounds of lakhs of persecuted Rohingya Muslims. “It is irresponsible behavior to name any group without authentic sources,” he said.

He also said that the political dimension in this terror act can be not be overlooked. “A terror attack on religious places for attaining political and economic ends is a heinous crime that cannot be tolerated in a multi-cultural country like India,” he said.

Expressing sympathy with the wounded persons, Jamiat leader asked the people of India to maintain calm and restraint and get united in bringing the perpetrators to justice.


All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat

Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, national president of All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, described the attack as cowardly and utterly inhuman. He sent his condolences to the Mahabodhi temple priests and to the Buddhist community at home and abroad and wished a quick recovery to the innocents injured in the terrorist attack. He said we have all the goodwill for our Buddhist brothers and sisters and want the best of relations with them all over the world.

Dr Khan condemned the “Myanmar angle” which has been quickly propped up by some politicians and mediamen, saying there is no indication that there is any call or urge that innocents in our country should be attacked for the crime of a few misguided persons in another country.

Dr Khan asked the national media to desist from irresponsible, wild and hasty speculation that the so-called “Indian Mujahidin” is behind the attack. Media should behave in a responsible manner and allow the security and intelligence expert do their work without pressure to come up with quick results without proper investigations.

Dr Khan said the investigating agencies should probe with an open mind as we have seen umpteen innocent Muslim youths framed up in previous incidents which were later proved to be the doing of misguided Hindutva ultras. He said investigating agencies should probe the beneficiaries from such terror attack in the present political scenario in the country, especially in the state of Bihar.


Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

While strongly condemning the serial bomb blasts at Bodh Gaya in Bihar today, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has termed it as the failure of the administration particularly intelligence agencies.

Nusrat Ali, General Secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind expressed deep sorrow and surprise at the incident of Bodh Gaya and said that both central and state governments are spending huge amount of money on intelligence agencies but they are not getting success in checking terror blasts and protecting the loss of human life in those attacks.

He demanded the government to order a high-level probe into these condemnable bomb blasts and bring the real culprits to book. He also urged the government to keep in view the terror, political and other aspects while probing the incident so that the plans of the forces who are targeting religious places from Malegaon to Bodh Gaya can be crushed.

Mr. Mohammad Salim Engineer, National Secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami, condemned political statements and media reports being made public without any evidence and said that such reports can affect the fair probe of the blasts and thus will save the real culprits. He said that blaming a community for every terror blasts even before probe will be dangerous for the country.


A monk and police at the premises of Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, Bihar
A monk and police at the premises of Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, Bihar

All India Milli Council

Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam, General Secretary, All India Milli Council while condemning the serial blasts at Mahabodhi temple in Gaya demanded a high-level probe to bring the culprits to book. He demanded the government to minutely probe the role of antinational forces behind this blast. He said antisocial and fascist forces could be behind such blasts which should be probed as early as possible so that people with terror ambitions should be given exemplary punishment.

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