In Haryana’s Ballabgarh, Hindutva Activists Raid Muslim Shrine, Raze it to the Ground


Ballabgarh Mazar (Photo- Dainik Jagran)

Bajrang Dal leader live streams from the shrine and displays book of Quranic verses claiming it to be ‘Pakistani book’

Waquar Hasan | Clarion India

NEW DELHI – A Muslim shrine (mazar), located at Panchayat Bhawan in Haryana’s Ballabgarh, was razed to the ground last week by a mob, reportedly of Hindutva activists, claiming that conversion and illegal activities were being carried out there.

A report in Hindi daily Dainik Jagran said that a group of Hindutva activists demolished the religious structure on the intervening night of November 23-24. After the incident, the SHO of City Police Station Satish Kumar was also transferred, says the report.

But the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ballabgarh, Jaibir Singh, blamed the demolition on the “devotees who were staying there”. “We don’t know why they demolished the shrine. It’s they who will tell you about it,” Singh told Clarion India.

According to Jagran report, the night before the demolition, that’s on November 23, some Hindutva activists held a protest at the office of SDM demanding the removal of the mazar and arrest of its caretaker. Singh, the DCP, assured them of action against the caretaker after investigation. He also assured them of checking the land records of the Haryana government for the genuineness of the mazar. The DCP said that if the land records do not show the existence of the mazar, it would be demolished.

“Activists associated with Hindutva organizations did not trust the assurance given by the police and demolished the mazar later that night. The city was tense after the demolition,” said the Dainik Jagran report.

Jeet Vashisth, a Bajrang Dal leader, live streamed the incident when he along with his men was searching the mazar. In the video, he showed a religious book “Panch Surah” (Collection of five Quranic verses) calling it “Pakistani book”. He showed a book on Nizamuddin Auliya calling it “book in the name of Pakistan”. Amid the chant of Jai Shri Ram raised by the mob, he also claimed that there were books on the conversion and the tips for how to keep 10 wives.

“They are hatching a conspiracy against Hindus,” shouted Vashisht.



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