Misunderstanding led to Muttur row - Cader

by Cyril Wimalasurendre
KANDY - It is our bounden duty and responsibility as Muslim leaders to protect the Muslim community and find relief when they are in grief," Cooperative Affairs Minister A.R.M. Abdul Cader told newsmen yesterday (16) briefing them on the Muttur mosque clash on the previous day.

"The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leadership and some of its supporters created row at the Muttur mosque on Tuesday (15) as they misunderstood what M. P. Mahroof said," Minister Abdul Cader explained.

"What M. P. Mahroof said was that they as Muslims should not remain as parliamentarians or cling on to responsible offices if they failed to protect their community", Cader noted.

Minister Cader said that he left for Muttur accompanying the Parliamentary Affairs Minister A. H. M. Azwer and MP. M. M. Mahroof on the instructions of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesighe since the prime minister thought that the incident at Muttur was a very serious matter.

The disappearance or abduction of two Muslim youths which led to the suicide by the mother of one of the youths was a very painful incident, he noted.

He said, "We went there to calm down the grieved parties and those who were up in arms against one another. We did not go there to make some political gains. After all, I should not have any political interest in that part of the country since I am from the Kandy district".

"I strongly believe that the SLMCers including their leader Minister Hakeem had totally misunderstood the statements of the MP. Mahroof for them to create a sad situation at that holy place," he added.