Bajrang Dal behind Warud riot: Maharashtra Minority Commission

By TCN Staff Reporter,

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Minority Commission has held Bajrang Dal responsible for the riot in Warud tehsil of Amravati district in the state. After visiting the affected area and talking to people and senior district officials including DM and SP, state Minority
Commission chairman Naseem Siddiqi said the riot was planned and Muslim business establishments were targeted.

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Siddiqi visited Warud on Wednesday and held Bajrang Dal responsible for the riot. According to him, the riot was planned and properties of Muslims were targeted. He said situation is still tense there; curfew is imposed from 6pm to 6am. CRPF, RAF and police forces are deployed in good numbers in the town.

According to him, a kirana shop of one Ghaffar was put on fire. The shop, located in the majority area, had goods worth over Rs 25 lac. More than 16 such shops were put on fire by the rioters. He alleged that even during curfew an Urdu high school was set afire. He told Urdu daily Inquilab that 37 persons from the two communities have been arrested.

According to the police, a person from the majority community was beaten up on this past Sunday (16th Jan. 2011), leading to clashes
between the two communities and the violence spread across the town in no time.

Meanwhile, Minority Commission chairman has demanded action against the saffron outfit. He also demanded release of innocents arrested and withdrawal of cases against them.