The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is willing to lend its support to restore peace and harmony between Hindus and Muslims in India, said a spokesperson for OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.
He expressed concern over the violent incidents that had occurred between the two communities in several villages in India’s state of Uttar Pradesh in the past few days.
Initial reports indicated that more than 32 people have been killed and hundreds of families have fled their homes and villages after being subjected to intimidation and violence.
The spokesperson said the OIC urged Indian authorities to restore peace, protect the lives, property and places of worship of Indian Muslim citizens and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Communal tension may spread to other regions of India if the issue is not addressed properly, said the spokesperson.
Although no violence was reported on Wednesday in the district of Muzaffarnagar, about 100 km northeast of New Delhi, villagers in the area said they feared that clashes could spread to rural hinterlands, where policing is inadequate.
Thousands of police officers and regular and paramilitary soldiers patrolled the towns for a third day and conducted door-to-door searches for miscreants and weapons.