Mangalore, September 22: The moral policing act in the district is strongly opposed by Muslim Central Committee. The members of the committee urged the citizens to celebrate Dasara and Bakrid calmly.
Addressing the media at a press meet, in Hotel Woodlands here on September 22nd, President of the committee, K.S Mohammed Masood said, the Committee condemns any act that sparks communal tension in the district, irrespective of religion. “We condemn the recent attack on six Muslim boys by Bajrang Dal on September 18th“. He said, day after day; assault on Muslim youths by Hindu outfit activists is increasing.
He said that, there had been incidents of moral policing by a few ‘hate mongers’ belonging to Bajrang Dal and this has to stop. “The Muslim Central Committee since 1968 has been toiling hard to bring about communal harmony in this place. However, a few outfits are trying to disrupt the peace,” he alleged.
He further said some people in the name of cattle trafficking were blatantly taking law into their hands, and lamented that the police machinery had not been rejuvenated even after Congress party came to power in the state. He appealed that the Muslim community be allowed to practice sacrifice on Bakrid without any trouble as some raise objection to animal sacrifice, a traditional practice in Islam.
On querying whether communal tensions had de-escalated after Congress came to power, he said it had considerably decreased by up to 50 percent. He urged the cops through the media to maintain law and order and thwart any efforts to disrupt harmony during Bakrid and Dasara festivals.
The Committee also opposed the action against passenger Abdul Khader who was interrogated at Mangalore airport for carrying ‘suspicious’ items who was later proved innocent.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement in the interview to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria was appreciated by Masood. Modi had said that the ‘Indian Muslims will live for India and die for India’ in his first interview to an international channel after he came to power.
During this meet, Ashraf Former mayor, Congress district interim president Ibrahim Kodijal and others were present.