AIMCexpressed grave concern over the “excesses” committed against the Muslims in the ‘witch hunt’ in the name of fighting terrorism and demanded a judicial commission to examine alleged police excesses against innocent Muslims and other weaker groups.(Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told AIMC that their proposal for setting up a judicial commission to look into alleged excesses against the Muslims in the name of fighting terror would be examined closely for possible remedial measures.)
Lalu Yadav, Railway Minister
The minority community members are being apprehended and harassed there. They have again started the same thing now. Bombs are now being found everywhere from roof tops to shrubs to trees. What was the state and its police doing when all this happened? Culprits should be booked but only after solid
Prof. Dinesh Oza, a journalist and human rights activist working in Gujarat
“Around 400 innocent Muslim youths have been picked up by the police for interrogation with regard to the recent serial blasts in Ahmedabad. We condemn the terrorist act, but demonizing of a particular community without investigations does not augur well,”Asghar Ali Engineer of All India Secular Forum
“It is beyond anybody’s comprehension that all the live bombs in Surat did not explode, while in Ahmedabad most of them did. The bomb disposal squad defused the explosives without any safety gear and with smiling faces, even the bystanders showed no fear as they watched the bombs being defused,”Shabnam Hashmi from ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy) voluntary group.
“The unexploded bombs in Surat were planted as high as on hoardings and tree tops and had to be brought down with the help of a crane. Shall we believe that terrorists were planting bombs with the help of cranes, about which Surat police were unaware,”ICC general secretary Digvijay Singh
"People should take cognisance of the fact that the blasts took place when the BJP was in trouble. Whenever the BJP is in trouble, bomb blasts take place in the country. When the Tehelka issue rocked the House, Parliament was attacked, Jaipur blasts took place when the Karnataka elections were on and recently when the BJP's trust motion was defeated bomb blasts took place in Ahmedabad and Bangalore".Holding the Sangh Parivar responsible for the blasts, the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister said:
"It is intriguing that in Surat bombs were found on trees. I have evidence to prove that the persons owing allegiance to the RSS and VHP were involved in making and planting the bombs." He added that fanatics of both communities were involved in terrorism.Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil in the Lok Sabha.
These are our brothers who have gone astray. We have a duty to bring them back to the family fold. It is only through dialogue that a solution is possible