MIM chief urges Muslims to help Assam riots victims


Hyderabad: Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi has called upon Muslims across India to help their brethren who were rendered homeless in recent Assam violence.

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Owaisi has stressed the need to chalk out an action plan in this regard and also suggested that Muslims register 10,000 first information reports (FIRs) with regard to the atrocities committed on them by Bodos.

Addressing a huge gathering at Masjid-e-Azizia here late Friday, the member of parliament urged Muslim doctors and lawyers to rush to the relief camps in Assam and extend all possible assistance to the displaced people.

“We can’t remain silent on this ethnic cleansing. Muslims should stand up and protest. The Muslims of Assam are looking to us for help,” said Owaisi, who recently visited the relief camps and distributed medicines worth Rs.20 lakh.

Speaking about the pathetic conditions of over four lakh people in relief camps, Owaisi alleged that the government had failed to come to their rescue.

“I have no faith in the state or the central governments. The Congress party is playing a game. It comes to power with the Muslim votes but is not ready to take on the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), which is creating the trouble,” he said, warning the Congress party that it would lose power in 2014 general elections.

Stating that all those displaced in Assam were Indians, Owaisi said there was no truth in the claims that they were Bangladeshis.

He criticised Chief Election Commissioner H.S. Brahma for writing an article in which he said 11 out of 27 districts in Assam may become Muslim-majority districts.

“Heavens will not fall down if these districts become Muslim majority districts. How can a person holding a constitutional post can write such article? This has exposed his agenda as a Bodo,” the MP said.

The MIM president said he stood by his comments that the continuing atrocities in Assam might drive Muslim youths to militancy.

“I don’t want them to become militants but what can I do if they are forced to take to arms? I have seen their anger and frustration,” he added.