MUMBAI (AFP) - From peace marches to calls for toned-down Eid celebrations, Mumbai's Muslims are doing all they can to dissociate themselves from last week's attacks. Even though dozens of the 163 dead were Muslim, community leaders have expressed concerns that Hindu nationalists could exploit the attacks for political gain - or could target Muslims directly. The city's Muslims, who make up about 15 per cent of Mumbai's estimated 19-million-strong population, were to take to the streets after Friday prayers in a peace march. But they cancelled the event, feeling that participation in the mass rally that attracted tens of thousands of people on Wednesday night to mark one week since the attacks was enough. "We had already carried out a march on Wednesday and hence decided not to hold a fresh one," said Ibrahim Tai, President of the Muslim Council Trust, referring to the mass rally by the Gateway of India, opposite the Taj Mahal hotel, which was one of the main targets of the attacks. Leading figures in the community have called for Eidu Azha celebrations to be limited only to those rituals that are strictly necessary.A number of Muslim organisations are also categorically refusing to have those responsible for the deadly attacks buried on Indian soil. "An Indian Muslim is as much worried, shocked or disturbed as his neighbour," said Bollywood scriptwriter Javed Akhtar, a self-declared atheist who nonetheless still considers himself part of the Muslim community. Religious leader Maulana Mustaqueem A Azmi said Indian Muslims "have been saying for the last five or six years that they have nothing to do with this but are struggling to defend themselves from accusations against them." Azmi, the Secretary of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Maharashtra, the body of Islamic scholars in Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital, said Muslim groups were weaker in India than those representing the majority Hindus. But Akhtar is against the idea that Islam in India should have a united voice. "The very concept that Muslims should have a leadership, that Hindus should have a leadership, that Christians should have a leadership, would divide India along religious lines," he said. For Azmi, the Mumbai attacks smacked of a conspiracy between the Israeli secret service, Mossad, and the right-wing Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). "All the attacks in India in recent years, wherever they've happened, have been blamed on Muslims but that's changing and they don't like it," he added, referring to two fatal bombings in Maharashtra and neighbouring Gujarat state. "Political parties that make statements likely to create divisions among religious lines should be banned," said Muhammad Mansoor Ali Qadami, head of the powerful All India Sunni Jamiat-ul-Ulema coalition, clearly referring to Hindu nationalists. A total of 163 civilians and members of the security forces were killed in the attacks, India's new Interior Minister said Friday, confirming that nine gunmen also died. Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram told a news conference in Mumbai that 18 security officers were killed. They included the head of the Mumbai anti-terrorism squad, Hemnant Karkare.