Education call to combat terror

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  • Published 11.11.13

Eminent intellectuals of Ranchi, shocked and shaken by Jharkhand’s links to the Patna blasts, on Sunday condemned terrorism and stressed on the need to educate minority youths so that they don’t go astray.

A seminar on secularism and social fraternity was hosted by the Ranchi chapter of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, an apex forum of Muslim outfits and institutions of national eminence.

Addressing the event, Ranchi University vice chancellor L.N. Bhagat quoted verses from Bhagvad Gita and stressed there was no place for terrorism in Indian society. He called for a united fight against divisive and disruptive forces in the country.

Former principal of Marwari College Jawed Ahmed said Islam never approved of violence. “Terrorists are teaching a distorted version of jihad to teenagers and youths,” he said, strongly condemned the serial blasts during Narendra Modi’s Hunkar Rally in Patna on October 27 and Jharkhand’s terror links that surfaced thereafter.

“Jharkhand has always presented an exemplum of national integration. Nefarious designs of disgruntled elements will never succeed. And, no section of society should be looked upon with suspicion because of religious faith. Real culprits should be taken to task,” he said.

Ranchi SSP Saket Kumar Singh assured the community that innocent persons would never be harassed.

He said that National Investigation Agency (NIA) was functioning in co-ordination with the state police and so far not a single person detained in connection with the blasts had been badly treated during interrogation.