Hyderabad Police Action: Owaisi slams Amit Shah of ‘lying’ over ‘bloodshed’

Hyderabad Desk

Hyderabad: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief on Monday slammed Home Minister Amit Shah and accused him of lying like India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who stated that the Hyderabad Police action was executed ‘without bloodshed’ in 1948.

During the National Integration Day celebrations, following a bike rally, Owaisi cited the Sunderlal Report on the atrocities and lives lost during the merger of the Hyderabad state into the Union of India.

“Hyderabad could have been integrated with ease, without bloodshed. But so many were killed owing to the bad decisions of the rulers of the time. This is not my assessment, but Qazi Abdul Gaffar and Pandit Sunderlal’s report,” he said citing the report.

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Khazi Abdul Ghaffar, Yunus Saleem and Sunderlal had opposed the actions of Qasim Razvi’s MIM and had expressed their concerns to Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad stating that “the blood of the innocent has been shed in the name of police action in the state.”

Ghaffar and Sunderlal were sent to the erstwhile Hyderabad to assess the situation on the ground. “Sunderlal in his report stated that if the Razakars killed one Hindu, a hundred Muslims were killed in retaliation. Several wells, where bodies of women with little children latched onto them were retrieved,” Owaisi cited the report.

“Amit Shah in his speech lied today. Just like Nehru did on All India Radio on 18 September 1948 the integration was done with ease and without bloodshed. Sunderlal’s report proves Amit Shah’s and Nehru’s statements were nothing but lies,” stated Owaisi.

The Sunderlal Report states that over 20,000 Muslims were killed which the then-home minister Sardar Vallabhai Patel refused to accept.

“If BJP says it’s a lie, then answer this. Didn’t Indira Gandhi in the Parliament, on the floor of the Lok Sabah not state that releasing the report to the people would not be in the national interest?” questioned Owaisi.

Owaisi also slammed the opposition parties who he stated called him names and likened him to the Razakars or the Nizams and raised questions over the AIMIM celebrating National Integration Day.

“You know that Hyderabad used to be a princely state under the Nizams. If you read the history, you will see that there is no mention of the RSS in its freedom struggle. RSS was not visible and the BJP is a more recent phenomenon,” retorted Owaisi.

“I want to tell you that if I was born during the Nizam’s rule I feel suffocated because it was a feudal system and you cannot openly talk in front of a king or ruler. The country was freed and we got our right to speak our minds,” added Owaisi.

Citing the contribution of Muslims in the freedom struggle, Owaisi recalled that the Imam of the Makkah Masjid was the first one to be sent to Kala Paani for opposing the Nizams’ and British rule.

“Before the war of 1957, following Friday prayers and sermons at the Makkah Masjid, Maulvi Alauddin from the current Makkah Masjid to Sultan Bazaar, near the Women’s Degree College walked to wage war and declared a revolt against the British and Nizam reigns,” said Owaisi. “His aim was to free the country from their rule. Our ancestors had imagined an Independent India and raised their voices against the British and the feudal system.”

Turrebaaz Khan who also revolted, escaped the British. However, he was later apprehended near Toopran, arrested, and shot dead and his body was hung for over 10 days in Sultan Bazaar. “He sacrificed himself for the freedom of the country,” said Owaisi.

Owaisi also mentioned the contributions of Abid Hasan who walked alongside Subhas Chandra Bose and coined the slogan Jai Hind.

Owaisi said that although a lot of blood was shed due to the decisions of the last Nizam, his contributions to the city of Hyderabad cannot be dismissed.

“Nobody can deny Nizam’s contribution to the city, including the old Begumpet Airport, Gandipet, Himayat Sagar, and even temples including the Khammam temple. Arts College, NIMS, Osmania Hospital, High Court, Patthergati,” said Owaisi, listing the heritage structures of Hyderabad, that are its essence.

“Despite all of Nizam’s contributions, we did not have the freedom, justice and fraternity under their rule. Only a few had money and power and the rest lived in poverty including several Hindus and Muslims,” he added.

Launching a scathing attack on the Congress and the BJP for likening the AIMIM to the Qasim Razvi-led Razakars and MIM, he stated that the AIMIM was formed by Abdul Wahid Owaisi. “They weren’t the same. You say that we are Razakars? Razakars went to Pakistan and the Wafadaar (loyalists) are standing here right in front of you, fighting for their rights.”

“They are lynched to death but do not leave their land. Razakars have left. Godse and Savarkar’s children have to be driven out of the country,” he stated.

Atrocities on Minorities

Speaking on the atrocities against minorities across the country, Owaisi condemned the demolitions of homes and shops after violence broke out in Nuh Haryana without any notice and due process. “Several have been left without a roof over their head. And are left to live on the roads with their family.”

Expressing grief over the killing of three Muslim men by a Raily Protection Force Constable on the Jaipur Express in August, he stated that no one had the courage to stop him when he was asking names and gunning people down.

“They were all sitting back in peace because they did not wear a beard. This is discrimination. The Prime Minister to date has not said a word on it,” he said.

The Telangana government allotted the widow of the deceased from Hyderabad with a 2BHK flat and a government job after AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi brought up the issue in the Telangana Assembly. “Those from Rajasthan and Bihar were also killed why didn’t the government bat an eyelid?” questioned Owaisi.

He also questioned the silence of the Rajasthan government and accused them of discriminating against Junid and Nasir whose bodies were found charred in a Bolero in Rajasthan’s Mewat after they were accused of transporting cattle and abducted in February.

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