Mob Attack on Muslim Shrine in Neemuch, MP: No Arrest as Accused ‘Not Identified’

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Police taking stock of the incident in Neemuch

On the intervening night of October 2-3, a mob of two dozen people damaged the shrine with explosives and thrashed and looted those present at the site

Waquar Hasan | Clarion India

NEW DLEHI – The police in Madhya Pradesh’s Neemuch district could not identify the culprits, thus making no arrests in the case after a mob of around 20-25 unidentified people attacked a Muslim shrine (Dargah) and beat up the devotees including the caretaker by tying their hands and legs and looted them.

Anand Azad, SHO of Ratnagarh police station where the FIR was filed in Neemuch, told Clarion India that they did not make any arrest in the matter as the accused are not identified.

“There is no identified person in the case. Hence, we could not make any arrest. We did not get a clue of the culprits. A team of police came to investigate the matter. The probe is on. Once we get a clue about the culprits, we will tell you,” said Azad.

On the intervening night of Saturday-Sunday, October 2-3, a mob of two dozen people damaged the Shrine with explosives and thrashed and looted those present at the site alleging conversion being carried out at the Shrine. The incident happened in the Jaat area of Jawad tehsil.

“They tied our hands and legs and looted us. Subsequently, they assaulted us, including a woman devotee, and dumped us around 400 metres away from the shrine,” said Shrine Caretaker Noor Shah in a video clip.

The attackers also gave a note to the devotees in which they accused the shrine devotees of converting Hindus.

“If this shrine is restored, all the Muslims in the locality will be wiped out and the administration will not be able to come to their aid,” the attackers threatened Muslims adding that if Hindus visit the Shrine, Muslims will be targeted.

In the case, the FIR was filed against unknown person under IPC Sections 295 (injuring or defiling a place of worship with intent to insult religion), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapons), 149 (unlawful assembly with criminal intent) and Section 3 of Explosive Substance Act.

Asked whether the police are going to invoke any terror charges as explosives were used to explode the Shrine, SHO Azad said that the sample of the substance was sent for forensic test. It will reveal whether it was explosives or not. He also gave the impression that since the Explosive Substance Act was invoked, the police are not going to invoke terror charges in the case.

The incident has left its impact on Muslims in the area. A delegation of Muslims under the banner of Sarv Muslim Samaj Kalyan Samiti held a rally and met Neemuch SP Suraj Kumar and demanded impartial probe into the incident.

Wasim Khan, President of Sarv Muslim Samaj Kalyan Samiti, told Clarion India that the police assured them that they would take action against the culprits as soon as possible.

“The administration asked for one day with regard to taking action on the matter. One day passed by but there is no clarification from the administration in this regard. We are keeping hope. We will discuss the matter today evening. If the police do not give any satisfactory answer or come up with solid evidence, we would again submit a memorandum to the administration tomorrow,” said Khan.

He also said that the attack has been carried out to disturb the communal amity of the area. The groups, which are involved in the attacks on religious places in other parts of the country, are also involved in this incident. The incident has created a sense of insecurity and fear among the Muslim community. “If the religious places are not safe, how can human beings be safe,” said Khan.

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