Muslim Shrine Vandalised and Painted with Saffron Colour in UP’s Kanpur

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Two FIRs against 40-50 unknown persons have been registered after after a Muslim shrine was defiled and vandalised. — Representational image

Reports say right-wing forces targeted mosque but police deny this claiming only outer wall of a grave defiled

Waquar Hasan | Clarion India

NEW DELHI – Kanpur Police of Uttar Pradesh has registered two FIRs against 40-50 unknown persons after a Muslim shrine was defiled and vandalised. The shrine has a mosque and a grave.

The incident happened at Ramdham Chouraha of the Bithoor area in Kanpur on January 17. The mosque is reported to have been painted with saffron colour. But the SHO of Bithoor police station, Kushalendra Pratap Singh, while talking to Clarion India on the phone on Wednesday, denied this. He said only the outer wall of the grave has been painted with saffron.

“Nothing happened to the mosque. Even the mazaar is intact,” he said.

According to him, only the outer wall of the mazaar has been painted with saffron colour.

But other sources contradict the SHO.

News18 Urdu reported that the mosque has been painted with saffron colour.

The Qazi of Kanpur city, Qari Abdul Quddos, also said the targeted structure is a mosque. He alleged that the culprits are associated with extremist right-wing organisations. They also vandalized the structure and wrote ‘Jai Shri Ram’ on its wall, he told local reporters.

“For the last three days, the miscreants belonging to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal were causing mischief. Complaints were lodged with the Bithoor police station. But no action was taken. Had the police acted upon, the mosque would have been saved,” said the Qazi.

Qari Abdul Quddos said when he came to know about this he informed the DIG. The police came into action only after this. But by the time they reached the spot it was too late, he said.

Three days have passed, no arrest has been made. Singh, the SHO, told Clarion India that they are yet to identify the accused.

The incident has caused considerable tension in the area. Forces are deployed there. Singh said the situation was under control.

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