Mangaluru: The DK district United Muslim Organization (UMO) held a press meet at Hotel Woodlands here, on September 1.
Addressing the mediapersons, president of the DK UMO Ashraf said that in the recent attack on Shakir, the police have taken swift action and arrested the people who were involved in the heinous crime. The UMO appreciates the swift operation by the police while at the same time states that no action has been taken against the conspirators. The police should book them under the Goonda Act, he said.
He further said that the victim, Shakir, works as a manager in Easyday and the girl was working in the same supermarket. “On August 24, at around 5:45 pm, Shakir was assaulted by a group who tied him to an electric pole and stripped him. At the time of assault, the group also used foul language on the girl in public and said that they were waiting for them from 4 pm, which proves that it was a pre-planned attack on Shakir. The UMO condemns the heinous act. In this regard, we have met the police commissioner and urged him to take strict action against those who are trying to create communal violence in the city.”
He also said that the Sangh Parivar is targeting Muslim youth in the name of ‘Love Jihad’. “When a Muslim boy talks to a Hindu girl, they assault them and file false complaint against them. Some anti-social elements are trying to create communal violence in the society by attacking Muslim youth.” He urged the district administration to book those who incite communal violence under the Goonda Act and expel them from the district.
“In the coming days, all the 40 Muslim organizations of the district will meet and discuss about the present situation. If such attacks will continue, we may have to stop appointing Hindu girls in our firms. After we decide appointing Hindu girls in out firms, and if any Muslim owner appoints any Hindu girl, we will stop doing business with such persons.”
He also said that when the attack took place, one Anil and another girl Latha came to the police station, apologised for the mistake and requested Shakir’s brother to withdraw the case. “When he refused to withdraw the case, Latha said that she is a representative of CNN-IBN and if he will not withdraw the case, she threatened to file a rape case against Shakir. Why did the woman threaten Shakir’s brother if Shakir is wrong? Why did the girl not file a complaint if Shakir was troubling her? Why did the Sangh Parivar bring the girl for press meet by masking her face? If it is to hide her identity, why did the members of Sangh Parivar use foul language and harass her in public? When they were assaulting Shakir and video recording, why did they not cover her face? Why did they allow her to show her face?” he questioned.
The police and the district administration should thoroughly investigate this case and the girl should undergo a polygraph test. The Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishat, Sri Rama Sene, Durgavahini and ABVP should be banned, he said. “In our district, communal violence erupts for two reasons, in the name of cow trafficking and love jihad. We, Muslims, are peace lovers. There may be 0.01% of Muslims who create problems but the rest 99.9 % want to live in peace.”
Speaking to the mediapersons, President of Universal Welfare Forum (UNIWEF) Rafiuddin Kudroli said that when Shakir’s brother was in the police station, one Anil asked him “How many of you are here?” When Shakir’s brother replied that they were 25 in number, Anil said, “We are 150 here, you should withdraw the case or face the consequences”. “If they are showing their strength, in the district Muslims also can protect themselves. If the police cannot control them or cannot protect Muslims, let the police tell us. We have our own ways to protect ourselves,” he said.
Secretary Human Rights Federation Mohammed Hanif U, Secretary SDPI Riyaz Farangipet, Secretary PFI Majeed Bajpe and others were also present.