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JAMA MASJID RIOT-Politics of Wakf Boards

JAMA MASJID RIOT Politics of Wakf Boards (From a Special Correspondent) A BIZARRE permutation of politics and religion caused the riot on February 2 in the Jama Masjid area, the Capital's ghetto where about 300,000 Muslims live in squalid poverty. It was not a communal riot. Nor was it an intra- communal riot, though official reports contrived the theory of two groups among the Muslims. The riot followed a demonstration against the arrest of the Imam of Jama Masjid under MISA on the morning of February 2 when he had led a march to the orphanage where the Zonal Advisory Committee of the Delhi Wakf Board was meeting. When news spread of the Imam's arrest (along with 87 of his followers), a huge crowd collecting in front of the Jama Masjid, India's (and perhaps the world's) biggest mosque. The government claims that the mob attacked a police post nearby, following exhortation for people's vengeance against the police amidst rumours that the Imam had been shot by the police.

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