The United Muslim Action Committee has complained to the state human rights commission that an economic blockade was imposed on the old city ofHyderabad and asked its intervention to having it removed.
The committee has alleged that the Congress government has created a curfew-like situation around the historic monument Charminar and this had adversely affected the Muslim community’s livelihood.
The committee comprising of several Muslim groups including the MIM led by the Majlis-e-Tameer-e-Millat president and JAC convener Abdul Rahim, said because of the restrictions, people of the old city were facing difficulties and small traders selling their crafts around the monument lost their daily bread. They also met the Police Commissioner Anurag Sarma and lodged a similar complaint. They have requested him to lift the restrictions around Charminar. Talking to the media later, MIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi has said that police were not allowing small traders and street vendors to operate in the area. He said as they were all dependent on their daily earnings, their livelihood was seriously affected. Owaisi has also said that the visit of the Deputy Chief Minister Damodara Rajanarasimha to offer prayers at the Bhagya Lakshmi temple was another example that the government was not secular.
Meanwhile the action committee has supported MIM’s decision to withdraw support to Congress government in the state and the UPA government at the centre. The committee said they would undertake a tour of the state from November 25, to expose the Chief Minister’s communal leanings. Committee leader Quereshi has charged the government with violating the high court’s order of maintaining status quo at the Bhagya Lakshmi temple. Stating that arranging a canopy around the temple was also a violation, he has pointed out that there was a rule that there should be no other structure within 100 metres of a heritage building.(NSS)