A peaceful protest was held there namely Mau against Mob Lynching in which many residents took part, including leading people of all schools, political parties, academicians, businessmen, social activists and journalists etc, reports Jamia Millia Islamia student Hassan Anwar.
In Ramadan, while staying in a mosque located at Nasir Pur, Mau of eastern UP, an innocent elderly-aged man was shot dead, said scholar Mufti Anwar Ali, the convener of the recently-established platform ‘Mau Nagric Munch’ on the occasion of a massive peaceful protest organised there after Juma prayer at New Eidgah of Maunath Bhanjan, eastern UP.
While delivering his speech, the convener said: “Given spreading mob lynching of innocent people in name of so-called cow vigilance and the increasing sectarianism through all over the country, the Mau Nagric Munch was constituted. The main objective behind the formation of the Munch is to firmly maintain peaceful environment and communal harmony across the region.”
Condemning the Amarnath Yatra terror attack, he said terrorism has no particular religion. “Islam has nothing to do with it. Just as the campaign is being run nationwide for clean India, in the same way it must be run for the protection of the entire humanity regardless of cast, creed and region.”
Ex-MLA comrade Imteyaz Ahmad said: “This massive protest is conducted to draw the government’s attention towards growing intolerance and mob lynching. Engineer Mohsin Sheikh from Pune was lynched by mob. Since then, it has been unstoppable. Recently, 18 year-old Hafiz Junaid was lynched in train.”
Ex-Rajya Sabha MP Salim Ansari said: “The Nasir Pur murder was a well-planned conspiracy which was done to create communal disharmony in areas surrounded by Mau. People here, however, have managed to make the unclean intentions of anti-social element failed.”
The district chief of the Smajwadi party Dharm Prakash Yadav said his party would wholeheartedly support the Munch in this war against hate.
The district president of the Business Committee, Uma Shanker Umer also addressed the gathering.
Sheikh Mazhar Ali Madani said: “Our war is against those who try to create disharmony in society.”
General Secretary of the Jamiat Ulema Mau, Maulana Iftekhar Ahmad Miftahi said: “All communities of the nation have contributed for freedom struggle.”
Congress leader Rashtra Kanwar Singh said: “We Congressmen completely support the Munch and we are willing to oppose mob lynching by holding such peaceful protest nationwide.”
Others who addressed the gathering included Maulana Ahmad ul Allah Qasmi Nadvi, Dr. Masood Ahmad al-Azmi, Maulana Khursheed Ahmad Miftahi, Maulana Abdul Aleem Nadvi, Mohammad Tayyab Palki, Lal Bahadur Singh, Owais Tarafdar, Shafqat Taqui, Maulana Abdul Hameed, Maulana Noman Anwar Qasmi, Maulana Salman Anwar Qasmi and others.
Munch spokesperson Arshad Jamal presented a 6-point memorandum to be sent by Mau District Magistrate to the President of India.
1. Effective steps should be taken to protect the democracy and the Constitution of India.
2. All illegal activities made by extremist cow-vigilante outfits and individuals should be immediately banned.
3. Adequate compensation should be granted to house-holders of victims of mob lynchings as well as criminals should be punished.
4. It must be ensured by police administrations to protect all citizens indiscriminately.
5. The Nasir Pur murder case should be limpidly probed by CBI.
6. Crimes against Dalits, minorities, women, students, youths and others should instantly stopped.
Thousands of people supported the above-mentioned 6-point memorandum by raising their hands.
(Anwar hails from Maunath Bhanjan, east UP, near Varanasi and studies at Jamia)