Anwar Manippadi urges Karnataka government to alleviate suffering of Muslim community

Muslim brothers tell him about government abuse, harassment and threats, he says

BJP leader and former chairman of the Karnataka State Minorities Commission and Minority Development Corporation, Anwar Manippadi, urged the government to alleviate the suffering of the minority Muslim community in Karnataka, saying it was mistreated.

In a letter to Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai on November 26, Manippadi said: “It is so disheartening to see our government run by a party that is supposed to be a different party – the BJP and have confidence and hope in our well- loved Prime Minister. Modi Ji’s concept of “Sab Ka Saath Sab Ka Vikas” which here in Karnataka is not practiced. It is so painful to know the suffering of Muslims in Karnataka. I meet my Muslim brothers and they complain that the BJP-led government is abusing, harassing and threatening with dire consequences, even though our action was legitimate and legally binding.

Citing a few examples, Manippadi said the Muslim community in Doddanagamangala village in Bengaluru South taluk could not get a cemetery despite a court order in 2005. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Muslims had to take corpses in the distance. places incurring huge expenses to bury the bodies, he said. There was no Muslim cemetery in the village and up to 6-7 km in the surrounding areas.

The 2-acre land in Sruvey No. 5 was not given to Muslims despite proper allocation, he said. Despite the quick efforts of Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner J. Manjunath, nothing has happened so far.

Giving another example of refusal of burial at Sullia taluk in Dakshina Kannada district, Mr. Manippadi said that despite the allocation of 20 cents of land adjoining Badriya Jumma Masjid in Sampaje village, the land had not yet been assigned. In fact, the grounds of the mosque donated by Keelara Gopalakrishna Bhat, testifying to Hindu-Muslim friendship, he noted.

While the forestry department had previously given permission with the gram panchayat and other agencies, the forestry development company opposed the award with some people from the Party itself.

It wasn’t just one or two incidents; the government was even trying to impoverish the wealthy Wakf Board as well by helping those accused of embezzlement to hold office, Manippadi said.

He urged Mr. Bommai to make the right decisions so that Muslims feel they are part of the nation.

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