Similar patterns of violence were observed at every place we visited, say members of the team constituted by APCR
Pervez Bari | Clarion India
BHOPAL— The complicity of the police and the BJP-led Madhya Pradesh Government led by Shivraj Singh Chauhan in allowing the Hindutva goons to create ruckus in Muslim dominated areas of the state is absolutely clear, it was alleged here on Thursday.
The allegation was made by the Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) after a fact-finding team constituted by it visited the affected areas.
In Ujjain, Chandankhedi (Indore) and Dorana (Mandsaur) ruffians of the Hindutva brigade, while engineering communal mob attack on Muslim majority localities, had created unprecedented scenes in late December 2020.
Addressing a joint Press Conference here on Thursday, Advocates Ehtesham Hashmi and Shoeb Inamdar said that the APCR team spoke extensively to the people of these violence-hit places in Ujjain, Chandankhedi (Indore) and Dorana (Mandsaur). “We spoke to eyewitnesses, victims and police officials in order to understand how the violence unfolded”, they added.
Besides, Hashmi and Inamdar, the fact-finding team compromised Advocate Mukesh Kishore (Member, CPI-ML), Kashif Ahmad Faraz (Journalist), Advocate Jawalant Singh Chauhan, M. Huzaifa (Student Activist, AMU), and Syed Ali (Social Worker).
Hashmi said based on the findings, the team concluded that this violence was not spontaneous but was pre-planned and very carefully orchestrated by the right-wing hooligans of the BJP and RSS.
“Similar patterns of violence were observed at every place that we visited. On 25th of December 2020, a religious rally was organized from five different places in Ujjain. Subsequently all five gatherings converged in the Begum Bagh locality where residents are predominantly Muslims. The gathering raised derogatory slogans against Muslims. This led to a fight between the gathered mob and residents. A local woman is reported to have thrown stones at the mob which aggravated the tension. The mob started beating men from the local population and damaged their property. This whole incident happened in the presence of the local police,” Hashmi said.
He charged that in response to the incident police filed FIR’s against 40 residents of the area. The provocation came from the gathered mob and in whole police action the victims were harassed and accused by the police for the violence. One-sided action of the police was grossly irrational and arbitrary, he alleged. The similar pattern was used in rest of places in villages of Chandankhedi (Indore District) and Dosana (Mandsaur District). The incident started a procession which was taken out in the name of collecting donation for Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
Inamdar said the rallies were deliberately taken to Muslim areas where extremely derogatory and provocative slogans were raised. This was followed by large scale violence, wherein particularly mosques and Muslim properties were targeted by the mob. In many places they even destroyed houses and vehicles, live-stocks owned by Muslims.
Inamdar said the procession with a pre-planned motive gathered in large numbers with firearms and sharp-edged deadly weapons and instigated the local minority community with abusive sloganeering, when the local Muslim community did not respond to their instigation. The gathered mob with a pre-planned intention and with a thorough planning targeted the last house of the village which was open from all sides.
The whole episode of rampage and attack on innocent human lives of Muslims in these places were undertaken with impunity in front of police party. Many eyewitnesses confirmed police failure to protect innocent citizen and their property. Complete lawlessness existed from morning to evening that day, he charged.