Mumbai: Several Muslim legislators protested on Tuesday at Mantralaya over the alleged involvement of Shiv Sena party workers and police officers in the Aurangabad riots. The legislators claimed they were denied a meeting with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis despite prior appointment being taken. However, Fadnavis clarified the delegation of Muslim legislators has not taken his appointment and said he will meet them in the night.
Legislators, including Abu Asim Azmi of Samajwadi Party, Amin Patel, Abdul Sattar, Aslam Shaikh and Asif Shaikh from Malegaon (all from Congress), Waris Pathan and Imtiyaz Jaleel, both are from All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) were among those who sat on the steps of the state secretariat — ‘Mantralaya’ and protest against the ruling Sena.
“We wanted to apprise the Chief Minister of the situation in Aurangabad. He had asked all the legislators to meet him at 12.30 pm. Despite the legislators coming from different places, we were told that he was busy with official work,” Abu Azmi told reporters. He added that the legislators had come with video recordings of the riots which clearly show that along with Sena leaders, some police officers had also instigated the riots. Azmi demanded those whose properties have been destroyed in the riots be given compensation upto Rs 50 lakh to each victim’s family.
Imtiyaz Jaleel questioned why was no action had been taken against the police officers when they could be clearly seen in the video grab of instigating violence. “We demand they be suspended immediately and booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Also, action should be taken against the Shiv Sainiks who were part of the riots,” he said. Jaleel further said that after their protest, the CM had asked the protesting legislators to meet him at his official residence ‘Varsha’ at night.
Two persons were killed and more than 60 were injured in clashes between groups of two communities over illegal water connections in the riot-hit city in the Marathwada region, about 350 km from Mumbai last week. Around 100 shops were set on fire and more than 40 vehicles destroyed.