Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Ulema, VHP raise the heat, Diggi’s man unfazed

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    • A day ahead of Congress leader Digvijay Singh’s planned visit to this terror-tainted eastern UP town, tension mounted in Azamgarh, with the Ulema Council vowing not to allow the Congress leader to enter Sanjarpur to meet the families of those accused in terror attacks. The pro-Hindu outfits also slammed Singh’s trip as a gimmick to corner Muslim votes.


      Calling the visit an eyewash, the Ulema Council alleged it was only after constant visits by Congressmen in the area for the past few days that a boy from Azamgarh was recently arrested.


      The Ulema Council is a body of clerics formed in the backdrop of the Batla House encounter just before the Lok Sabha elections. The outfit failed to win a single seat although it had fielded six candidates. Council chief Maualana Amir Rashadi, who runs a madrasa, Jamiatur Rashad, in Azamgarh, had led two massive rallies in New Delhi and Lucknow to demand justice for the families of the alleged Indian Mujahideen activists living in Azamgarh.

    • Pro-Hindu outfits like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Hindu Yuva Vahini too opposed the visit, alleging it would encourage terrorism. Vahini even asked for the arrest of Singh for meeting the families of the terror accused just as people were arrested for meeting Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, a key accused in Malegaon blasts.

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