Hyderabad blasts: Indian Muslims concerned about the witch-hunt

By TCN News,

Boston: Organizations of Indian Muslims in the USA have appealed for communal amity and prayers following two blasts in Hyderabad that led to the killing of at least 16 people.

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Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) extended its deepest sympathies to the victims of the blasts.

“The fact that the nation continues to suffer such senseless loss of life shows that our responses to earlier terror attacks have been deeply flawed and severely inadequate,” said Ahsan Khan, President of IAMC. “Law enforcement agencies should conduct a thorough and transparent investigation before pressing charges against any individual or group,” added Mr. Khan.

Dr. Shaik Ubaid, president of Indian Minorities advocacy Network, (ImanNet) called the attack dastardly and cowardly act. “It is a terrorist attack and and a crime against humanity, “ said Dr. Ubaid. He expressed heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and prayed for speedy recovery of the wounded.

ImanNet appealed to the Indian-American Muslims to request prayer services to be held at mosques in the US during Friday to pray for the families of the victims and for communal harmony.

IAMC showed concern at Indian media’s rush to start naming specific groups as responsible for attacks even before investigation started. “As experience with several terror acts in recent years has shown, attempts to stereotype and scapegoat an entire community can devastate hundreds of innocent lives, ruined by having to spend years behind bars for the crimes of others, only to be found innocent later. The witch-hunts launched after the blasts in Mecca Masjid, Samjhauta Express and the multiple terror acts in Malegaon are some examples of the tragedy unleashed by inept and discriminatory law enforcement.”

In this difficult hour, IAMC calls upon members of every community, especially the leadership of various organizations, to help foster communal amity and eschew any rhetoric that could build sectarian tensions.

ImanNet welcomed the statement of the Hindu supremacist political party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, whose national president Rajnath Singh sought a “comprehensive” investigation into the incident.