Pune: Amid claims of growing communal tension and mob-lynching in the country, the slogan of peace and fraternity rang through the air across the country on Sunday.
Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH), one of the leading Muslim organisations in the country, held ‘Aman March’ (peace march) in more than 700 cities across the country. The march collectively saw one of the biggest demonstrations in recent times.
In Pune, JUH General Secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani addressed the protesters outside the Collector’s office, and after that, a memorandum was handed over to the collector.
Earlier, 400 people from different faiths marched from MG Road in Camp till the Collector’s office. They maintained peace and displayed banners and posters of different kinds, bearing messages to end hatred and animosity in the name of religion. Madani said, “We will die but not allow this country to be divided in the name of caste and religion.”
Members of the Dalit Panthers party, Bahujan Mukti party and OBC organisations were also present at the march.
In the memorandum submitted to the collector, the protesters demanded an immediate stop to attacks on Dalits, tribals and Muslims, implementation of Sachar committee report for reservation for Muslims, Communal Riots (Protection) Act, not passing the Uniform Civil Code as it is against the minorities, bring ballot paper instead of EVM for voting, reservations for Maratha community, 52 per cent reservations for other backward classes (OBC) as per their population, fill vacancies of SC, ST, OBC category in government jobs.
Besides Pune, the mass demonstrations were held in major cities like Lucknow, Kanpur, Banaras, Pratapgarh, Patna, Kishanganj, Munger, Ranchi, Guwahati, Bhubaneshwar, Kolkata, Bangaluru, Mumbai, Nagpur, Chennai, Hyderabad, Raichoti, Chandigarh, Imphal, Tripura, Indore, Dehradun, Roorkee, Haldwani, Nainital, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Ujjain, Surat, Jaipur and Jodhpur, among others.