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Indian MP Raises Security Worries as 'Muslims Will be Cut Into Pieces' Threats Appear

Asaduddin Owaisi  - Sputnik International, 1920, 09.08.2021
Asaduddin Owaisi has often criticised the way the federal government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, treats the country's Muslim community. Recently, he said that unless minorities have their own political voice, Muslims' educational and social "backwardness" could not be tackled.
A prominent Muslim leader, Asaduddin Owaisi, has raised serious concerns about the safety of Muslims in India, days after Hindu groups protested against erection of a Haj House for Muslim pilgrims in Delhi's Dwarka area, and anti-Muslim slogans were chanted.
Owaisi, who is also president of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) political party, expressed surprise that such incidents had occurred near Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence.
In a series of tweets in Hindi on Monday, he referred to the protest against the Haj House and said that a number of anti-Muslim slogans, such as "Muslims will be cut into pieces", were raised at Jantar Mantar, which is just 20 minutes away from Modi’s residence.
​“Last year, a Modi minister also chanted a "Shoot the Muslims” slogan, after which Muslims were massacred in north-east Delhi. How can Indian Muslims feel safe in such a situation?” he added.
He said: “On 24 July, the federal government allowed the Delhi Police to detain any person under the National Security Act (NSA). But still the Delhi Police remained a mute spectator. After all, what allows people to become increasingly bold?”
On 24 July, Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal gave Delhi Police the right to seize anyone considered suspicious, or a threat to national security under the National Security Act (NSA) until 18 October 2021.
Saying that he has submitted notice of an adjournment motion to the Lok Sabha - parliament's lower house - Owaisi tweeted: “The situation is such that, demanding justice and legal action has become a joke.”
​On 6 August, Hindu groups and local residents staged a protest in Dwarka against the construction of a Haj House, which provides accommodation to people before they go on a Muslim pilgrimage ("Haj") in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
​Members of a residents’ group in the area have also written to Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal asking him to cancel the land allocation made for the Haj House.
According to media reports, the protesters made comments threatening the community and have called for violence should the Haj House be built.
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