File image of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind general secretary Mahmood Madani | Photo: ANI
File image of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind general secretary Mahmood Madani | Photo: ANI
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New Delhi: The arrests in connection with the Delhi riots have been one-sided and made with the intention to target one community, according to Mahmood Madani, general secretary of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH). But it’s nothing new, he said, alleging that the general trend has been that more Muslims are killed in a riot, and then more members of the community are later arrested.

“It is natural that any type of violence will lead to arrests. But the nature of the arrests show that that they have been one-sided, and targeting only one community,” Madani said in an interview to ThePrint.

“Whether it is riots that have taken place under the rule of BJP or Samajwadi Party or Congress, the one thing that’s common is that more Muslims get killed, more Muslims’ property is destroyed, and more Muslims are arrested,” he said.

The February Delhi riots killed 53 people, and several hundred others have been arrested in connection with the violence. Many of those arrested are activists who participated in the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests earlier in the year, including four students of Jamia Millia Islamia.

“At the time of a pandemic and lockdown, the manner in which law enforcement agencies have been arresting people is inhuman and irresponsible,” Madani said.

Madani further questioned why political leaders who made inflammatory statements haven’t yet been arrested.

“If a common person who may or may not have said something is arrested, then what about the leaders who talked about taking revenge; who said there will be blood on the streets. Why aren’t they being held accountable?” Madani asked, adding: “But if some people gather together to protest about a separate issue in a completely legitimate and democratic manner, they are subject to political vengeance.”

BJP leader Kapil Mishra, who held a pro-CAA rally just before the violence erupted, is accused of making inflammatory statements, while the Union Minister of State for Finance, Anurag Thakur, stirred controversy for his “goli maaroinvocations weeks prior to the riots.

Also read: Police charge-sheet 17 Muslims for killing cop, 6 Hindus for killing a Muslim in Delhi riots

Kejriwal’s silence

Madani also questioned Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s silence over the arrests. Kejriwal was earlier criticised for keeping his distance from the Shaheen Bagh protest, the centre of the anti-CAA demonstrations in the national capital, and had also later drawn flak for saying the protest site should be cleared.

Tahir Hussain, a now-suspended AAP leader, has also been named in the riot charge sheets, for allegedly playing a “pivotal role” in “organising the riots”. But Kejriwal continues to remain silent.

“The objection to his (Kejriwal’s) silence is valid; he should have spoken up,” Madani said.

However, he added that he wouldn’t like to blame one person and that there is a “silence all around” over the arrests.

Also read: 20 Hindus named in fresh Delhi riots charge sheets for killing 2 Muslim brothers

Muslims reduced to second-class citizens

Madani further said that Muslims have been reduced to second-class citizens in the country, whether in the question of life or of respect.

Jaan, maal, izzat, aabroo — on all these parameters, it has become clear that Muslims have been reduced to second-class citizens,” he said. “I want to say more, but I am stopping myself as I don’t want the community to feel hopeless. But all evidence shows we are definitely second-class citizens now.”

Madani also accused the police of communalising the violence, citing examples of the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots and the 2002 Gujarat riots.

“Most of these riots weren’t communal, 99 per cent of the violence in these cases was due to police action. In Delhi too, it’s the police which aided the mob to target Muslim colonies and Muslim shops,” he alleged.

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Media communalised pandemic

Madani also hit out at the media for the “communalisation of the pandemic”.

“Both the mainstream media as well as the government are responsible for the communalisation of the pandemic in the country,” Madani said, adding that this has led to the harassment of ordinary Muslims.

Madani was referring to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation that took place in Delhi’s Nizamuddin in mid-March, which emerged as one of the initial hotspots of the virus.

In the weeks following the congregation, multiple reports of Muslims being harassed emerged. A group of Muslim vendors in Uttar Pradesh’s Mahoba district submitted a written complaint to the district magistrate in April, alleging that they were abused and stopped from selling goods by a group because of their religious identity, and some alleged they were accused of being Tablighi Jamaat members. A Muslim man in Himachal Pradesh, who was in touch with a Tablighi Jamaat member, committed suicide after he allegedly faced a social boycott by the villagers even after testing negative.

“At a time when Covid cases are on the rise, we should have been working together to fight the virus. Instead, a community is being targeted — whether it is in the name of the Delhi riots, or the Tablighi Jamaat incident,” he said.

He also said the media tried to term them ‘jihadi’, among other things.

“Everything bad they could associate with them, they did. I am surprised they haven’t yet been accused of being involved in anti-national activities, since they have already been accused of everything else that is bad,” Madani said.

Also read: Don’t share information on allegations, evidence against Delhi riots accused: HC to police


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21 Comments Share Your Views


  1. Maulana Mehmood Madni himself spoke in favour Modi when he was CM of Gujarat. He never
    Came heavily on Gujarat riots when Modi was CM. Now he speaks. Actually his tone and words are still like a hypothcratic. He just shows his crocodile tears. He even demanded for NRC in whole country. He is stooge behind the curtain

  2. I hope people realize that at least some of Hindus, and I think most of Hindus are with Muslims. The ones who hurt Muslims, call them names are no Hindus and bring shame to us.

    It is time to show unity and equal dignity. It is time to stop this mutual blame game. If anyone says “what about” ask yourself why did we do things. And that goes both ways.

  3. It would help if Muslims start supporting India openly, stop being charitable to those trying to break India, stop taking anti-India positions

    • Can you blame them, for how we are treating them. It’s an issue of dignity. They are very much indians. And if they question India, they are not anti national. It is the same as if you would.

  4. Well that’s true in many parts of the world. In the United Kingdom, the proportion of Muslims in prison is far higher then their proportion in the population. India is not the only country where Muslims are not the flavour of the month. In any case as long as Muslims like Mr. Madani keep blaming others there will be no solution. Simply because Mr. Madani acknowledges that Muslims are powerless to change the situation and those who in any case dislike Muslims are obviously not going to make any changes. Funnily world over none of the other religious minorities seem to have as many problems as Muslims. Even in Sri Lanka where Hindus and Buddhists were mainly slaughtered, it was Muslim groups that ended up murdering church goers.

    • Except India has a population of >150 million muslims, who hindus dont treat with dignity. Muslims are not “flavor of the month” because they tend to look inward and isolate themselves., but given that it is second largest religion of the world, islam itself is fine. And India claims to be pluralistic but behaves like it isnt. Imagine, if worst parts of hinduism were used to put down whole religion. So much misinformation in india about muslims its unbelievable.

      Nothing in Mr. Madani’s take was hateful. Yet you sit and blame as a hindu.

  5. After I decided to comment on this man’s rant, I found that I could comment on almost every sentence, making my comment as long as this rant. So I decided to not to dissect the rant. The question he should be asking is “Why do muslims commence riots?” Does he have anything to say about the brutal murder of IB Officer Ankit Sharma?

    • Question we Hindus should ask is why do we lymch them? And why are hearing their pain? Their complains and rants should pain you.

    • The question I need to ask is what is this 3 day mantra that is mentioned during the start. Why does the police usually wait for 3 days? That might be the actual answer to who causes them and why.

  6. Wars are being fought all over majority muslim nations. Please find out the reasons for such violence throughout the muslim world and you will get your ANSWER. By the way INDIA is a peaceful nation because HINDUS are in majority otherwise we would also be a reflection of pakistan and Afghanistan.

  7. Tum sab muslim din rat yehi burgalane wali batein karte ho. Bus apna dekhte ho. Sare bomb blast muslim karte hai aur wo bhi mandir pe ya hindu ilako mein. Kashmir mein tumne hinduo ko rehne nhi diya. Pehle minority ke naam pe dange fasad karte ho aur jab tumpe jawabi humla ho jaye to sataye hue ban jate ho

  8. Yes of course – now that rioters have been identified – play the Victim Card.
    Game worked for the past 70 years – not any more.

    • Identified by who? The police who made people sing Jana gana Mana?

      Open your eyes, the system is compromised. Aren’t we the country for whom protest was a right?

  9. Majority of terrorists , criminals, goons, rapists are Muslims. Name any such acts and you will find the culprits are Muslims.
    Why not publish a statistics – How much % of Total no of Terrorists, criminals, goons, rapists in the country belong to – Muslims–Hindus –Sikhs — Christians etc.. Find out and publish the % of all communities and the reply is embedded therein.

    • That is not true. We Hindus have committed crimes too. We subjugated our own dalits. We lynched Muslims. Are you willing to accept based on this that Hindus are all lynchers, and casteists? If not, Muslims are not terrorists.

      Rapists, criminals, don’t have a religion. They are neither Muslims nor Hindus.


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