Mamata Banerjee’s Government ‘Secular’ Over Asansol Violence: Owaisi


Hyderabad: All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi has questioned Mamata Banerjee government’s “secular” credentials.

Owaisi criticised the West Bengal governor for visiting only Hindu dominating areas of the violence-hit city and ignoring the house of Imam who had lost his son in the riots.

“At least you (governor) should have visited the Iman’s house to offer condolence and assure support. It is your constitutional authority and responsibility to visit each of the places,” Asaduddin Owaisi said.

Owaisi further criticised Banerjee’s government and asked as to how under her “secular” governance, Muslims were attacked.

West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Saturday arrived in violence-hit Asansol to take stock of the situation. He held an hour long review meeting with senior police and administration officials. The governor visited the violence-hit areas of Raniganj and Asansol areas later in the day.

The violence that broke out on Monday with a Ram Navami procession in Raniganj left one person dead and several police officers injured. It spread to neighbouring Asansol the next day, where a 16-year-old youth, Sibtulla Rashidi, was killed who is the son of the Imam of Noorani Masjid, Imdatullah Rashid.