Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

National News

Ram Navami Violence: Is India Safe For Muslims Anymore?

2508a514 b8f9 11ec a4f3 fc37f02059fa 1649614750902 1649651997070

On Sunday, violent communal violence disrupted Ram Navami celebrations in regions of six states: Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Delhi, Jharkhand, and West Bengal.

At least ten houses were set on fire in Madhya Pradesh, and more than two dozen people were seriously injured in conflicts that occurred during Ram Navami processions in various districts of Khargone, including Superintendent of Police (SP) Siddharth Choudhary.

MAps

Places where violence was reported during Ram Navami. (Image: Siasat)

Communal riots erupted in Gujarat’s Himmat Nagar and Khambhat towns, forcing police to use tear gas to disperse mobs that threw stones at each other and destroyed stores and vehicles in both locations. Some individuals allegedly celebrated Ram Navami while wielding swords as part of the parade at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Himmatnagar town, Sabarkantha district. Locals said that these people interacted forcefully with local Muslims when the procession entered Ashraf Nagar, a Muslim-dominated region between two Hindu neighbourhoods, Shakti Nagar and Mahavir Nagar.

According to Hozefa Ujjaini, a social activist, the violence in Himmatnagar and Khambat on Sunday extremely similar to the pattern seen in Rajasthan’s Karauli, when Muslim houses were set fire. On Holi, Muslims in Sandheli, a town 100 kilometres from Himmatnagar, faced harassment, violence, and anti-Muslim slurs, he recounted.

Locals living near Himmatnagar told The Wire that Muslim homes, stores, and places of worship such as dargahs and mosques were drenched in kerosene, looted, and vandalised as Ramzan came to a close. Two houses, the Dargah of Zorawar Baba, the Dargah of Gebanshah Peer and its neighbouring mosque, a dozen cars, Muslim-owned shops, bike showrooms, the Dargah of Gulab Shah Peer, the Hassan Fareed dargah, and 13 dargahs near Himmatnagar’s Hathmati river were all reportedly vandalised in under 8 hours.

The Madhya Pradesh government has issued a notice to authorities in all districts for the forthcoming festivals in view of the violence in Khargone city and Barwani district during Ram Navami, state Home Minister Dr Narottam Mishra said on Wednesday.
In the next days, holidays such as Mahavir Jayanti, Good Friday, and Hanuman Jayanti will be celebrated, in addition to Dr. BR Ambedkar’s birth anniversary and Ramzan.

The state police headquarters issued instructions cancelling the leaves of all police officers in the state a day after the incident in Khargone, citing the forthcoming festivals. The leave is sanctioned by the superintendents of police (SPs) and inspector generals (IGs) of various districts and zones.

Mishra, who is the State government spokesman, said “Several festivals are to be observed in the coming days. In view of this, all districts of Madhya Pradesh are on alert. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has instructed all ministers in-charge of districts to keep a watch on the situation in their respective areas as a precautionary measure.”

On Sunday, a curfew was enforced throughout the whole city of Khargone after stone-pelting during the Ram Navami celebration resulted in arson and vehicle torching.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Entertainment

The much-awaited Khakee: The Bihar Chapter was released on Netflix on November 25 and since then Chandan Mahto, who is the main antagonist in...

Explainer

Twenty days after its release, Rishabh Shetty’s ‘Kanatara’ continues to be the first choice for moviegoers. After a thundering response to the Kannada version,...

News

Many right wing sites, led by OpIndia, reported that Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, was found following an adult content account by...

Entertainment

TVF is one of the early web series production giants in India. The production house has made a series before it was a trend...