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Bihar: AIMIM MLA Akhtarul Iman stopped from visiting Ram Navami violence-hit Bihar Sharif

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The All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) delegation led by its Bihar unit president Akhtarul Iman MLA was stopped from visiting Ram Navami violence-hit Bihar Sharif on Thursday.

“Mr. Nitish Kumar stopped us through Nalanda District Administration to visit Bihar Sharif. Earlier same DM Nalanda gave permission to visit Bihar Sharif. We will continue to raise voice of minorities and weaker sections,” said Iman, the sole MLA of the party.

“Mr Nitish Kumar himself busy in iftaar Party but no time to visit Bihar Sharif,” he alleged.

Iman on Wednesday attacked Bihar CM Nitish Kumar over his earlier association with the BJP after anti-Muslim violence erupted in the state.

“They are associated with the BJP, and the person who has fed all the rioters in Bihar is none other than our honourable CM Nitish Kumar,” Iman alleged.

Iman said, “Nitish Kumar welcomed the RSS with a red carpet,” adding that,”He has no hatred for the BJP.”

In Bihar Sharif, a Hindutva mob vandalized and set fire to a century old madrassa and library, Madrasa Asisia, during last week’s Ram Navami celebrations.

The madrasa contained more than 4,500 books which were destroyed in the fire, Mohammad Shahabuddin, Imam of Murarpur mosque said to Maktoob.

“All of the books have been destroyed, and none remain,” he said.

While speaking to Maktoob, many Muslim women in Bihar Sharif accused the cops of misbehaviour and sexual abuse.

According to Rubi Khatoon, a resident of Bihar Sharif, “Bajrang Dal pelted stones on Muslim men returning from Masjids.” Another eyewitness claimed that “the police forcibly entered our houses and misbehaved with the ladies. They searched our houses and took away all our valuables. They snatched the dupattas and earrings from the ladies.”

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Wednesday rejected BJP and AIMIM’s allegations of administrative lapses in the recent violence and said the communal disturbances at both the places were carefully orchestrated by “some people.”

Making a veiled attack on Union home minister Amit Shah, Nitish said, “One place where he (Shah) had to visit, the clashes were deliberately orchestrated. The other place is Bihar Sharif. The type of mischief they planned in Bihar Sharif; it all will be exposed after a few days.” Nitish was apparently referring to Shah’s cancelled tour plan of Sasaram where he was scheduled to visit on Sunday to address a rally in honour of Mauryan emperor Ashoka.

Meanwhile, the suspension of mobile internet services in Nalanda and Rohtas district of Bihar, which saw Hindutva violence last week in the wake of Ram Navami festivities, has been further extended till further orders in view of Hanuman Jayanti on Thursday, officials in the state’s home department said.

Earlier, mobile internet services were suspended till April 4. “No untoward incident was reported from Bihar Sharif town in the last four days. However, police are alert,” Hindustan Times quoted Ashok Mishra, superintendent of police (SP) of Nalanda district as saying.

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