An organisation of US-based Indian Muslims — Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) — has criticised the UP government for its mishandling of the Muzaffarnagar communal riots, saying its “insensitivity” was “shockingly close” to that of the perpetrators of the violence.
In a letter to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on January 1, IAMC president Ahsan Khan said the UP government lacked commitment to uphold the rule of law and safeguard the life and property of its citizens.
Khan asked the CM to promptly rehabilitate the riot victims to prove that a government existed in the state.
The IAMC equated the Muzaffarnagar riots with the 2002 Gujarat riots and the 2012 Assam violence.
Khan also blamed that the government's action endorses the plan of perpetrators of banishing victims from their villages by giving conditional compensation. It has also termed Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's recent statement — that people in relief camps were being incited by Congress and BJP —reflects the moral bankruptcy of the SP.
IAMC also opposed the forceful eviction of people from relief camps.
The letter states that the refugees have been forcibly evicted in order to close down the camps and create an illusion of return to normalcy.
The SP was all praise for IAMC when it had invited Additional Advocate General (AAG) Zafaryab Jilani to the US in June 2012. Jilani was even felicitated by local Muslim groups on his return from the US where he had delivered a lecture on persecution of Muslims. “It is a big organisation and includes everyone not only Muslims. I had gone there and they had also invited Rajya Sabha MP Mohammad Adeeb,” Jilani said.