JUI-Hind moves SC against bulldozing of Muslims’ properties in lawless India

New Delhi, April 18 (KMS): The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind has filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the use of bulldozers for razing houses and other buildings belonging to Muslims in various BJP-ruled states in fast growing lawless India, terming it a ploy to target minorities, especially Muslims, under the guise of crime prevention.

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind President Maulana Arshad Madani said, “The petition asks the court to order the states not to demolish anyone’s home or shop without the court’s permission. It is noteworthy that the politics of bulldozers is already going on in Uttar Pradesh, but now this nefarious act has started in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh as well.”

It noted that during a procession in Khargone city of Madhya Pradesh on the occasion of Ram Navami, “riots were started by chanting highly provocative slogans and then by order of the state government, houses and shops of Muslims were demolished.

On the other hand, the Madhya Pradesh government is defending its cruel act.” The petition names as respondents the Central government as well as the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, where Muslims have been targeted in recent days.

The petition has been prepared by advocate Sarim Naved after consultation with senior advocate Kapil Sibal while advocate on record Kabir Dixit has filed it online. A request for an early hearing on the petition has been made to the Chief Justice of India.

Maulana Madani said that “an atmosphere of religious extremism and hatred is prevailing across India. Conspiracies are being hatched to intimidate minorities, especially Muslims”.

He said that provocations were taking place in Muslim localities and in front of mosques. “In the presence of the police, sticks and staffs are being waved and slogans are being chanted, and all are silent spectators. It seems as if there is no law left in the country, and no government can arrest them,” he said, adding that Muslims were being harassed by the sectarian forces, and the Central government was silent as if nothing had happened.

“The criminal manner in which the police and the administration have acted in support of the bullies in Khargone shows that enforcing the law is no longer their goal. If the police and the administration had shown even a little loyalty to the constitution, the Muslims in Karauli, Rajasthan would not have been targeted and their houses and businesses in Khargone would not have been destroyed.”