Hindutva Leader Instigates Mob Against Namaz in Gurugram, Alleges ‘Land Jihad’

Date: 12 October 2021

On September 29, 2021, a video of a man in a blue shirt protesting against Muslims offering Friday namaz on public land in Gurugram’s Sector 47 went viral on Twitter. It gained 247,000 views through a single tweet by Mahesh Vikram Hegde, a public figure with a following of over 181,000 people on Twitter and 47,000 people on Instagram, who regularly posts right-wing content.  

The story was picked up by right-wing channels positioning it as a group of locals pushing back against the presence of Muslims citing fears of an increase in sexual harassment against the women in the area, and robbery. 

By October 8, 2021, this had escalated into a full-scale protest at the area, with dozens of people carrying placards and shouting slogans to protest the Friday gathering.  

The congregation had already moved the prayer meeting by a few metres to a location that the local administration had asked them to go to. Mufti Mohammad Saleem, president, Jamiat Ulama, Gurgaon told the Indian Express, “We complied with the request. Our only motive is to pray here in peace. Several workers from nearby come here to pray during lunchtime and leave after 15 minutes. I appeal to citizens to let us pray here.” 

According to a report by the Indian Express, among the protesting residents was Bharat Mata Vahini president Dinesh Bharti, who was arrested the previous week for allegedly disrupting Friday prayers. 

He claimed, “This is an international conspiracy. They are offering namaz as part of this conspiracy of… love jihad, land jihad. If we don’t raise our voice, they will build a mosque here.” 

Bharti has been central to this conflict since he put out a video on his social media channels on September 24, calling his followers to disperse the gathering of Muslims present at the time. His video did not feature a large mob – it just had seven to ten people, one of whom was a man in a blue shirt who was seen in the video which went viral.

However, in this video, Bharti goes on to say, “If the government does not stop this, we will open a gaushala and a gurukul here, and build a Hanuman mandir here.” 

The group then proceeds to shout slogans like “land jihad band karo”, led by Dinesh Bharti. He says, “For the land of guru Dronacharya, and for the unity and integrity of India, we will give our lives but we won’t let land jihad take place…We will not let illegal masjids and mazhars be built on Guru Dron’s land.” He also goes on to say that “love jihad” will take place.   

While the police did not intervene when these inflammatory statements were being made, they intervened when he made an attempt to go physically close to the assembled congregants.






Old video of suicide bomber in Syria shared in India with anti-Muslim spin

Date: 5 October 2021

A video of a scuffle between a group of people followed by a sudden explosion was shared on social media. The accompanying message reads, “Offspring of an Ashantidoot”. ‘Shantidoot’ is a pejorative term used online to refer to the Muslim community.

The incident occurred in Tartus, a city in Syria.

According to a Sky News Arabia report from September 23, a man detonated a bomb outside the gates of the Justice Palace in Tartus due to a family dispute. The people involved in the scuffle included a group that got into an argument with a lawyer. The lawyer’s brother-in-law, who had brought the bomb, unlocked the safety valve of the hand grenade during the row and set it off. Both he and the lawyer were killed in the blast. MSN Arabia also republished the Sky News Arabia article.





Disturbing Videos Of Capsules With Nails Revived With False Communal Spin

Date: 5 October 2021

Two unrelated videos of iron nails found in medicinal capsules have been shared to misleadingly claim that they have been manufactured by a Bangladesh based pharmaceutical company owned by Muslims. The claim further states that the company, Eskayef Pharmaceuticals are planning a 'medicine jihad.' The video clip is being shared on facebook with a caption, “Manufactured by Eskayef pharmaceuticals based out of Bangladesh and owned by Muslims. This is termed as medicine jihad.” 

The viral clip clearly shows that the two videos are from different locations with the capsule packaging and the hands of the people dealing with them, both different. One of the videos has the name of the capsule on the package written in Urdu and in the other video one can hear the person opening the capsules as he speaks in Russian. A longer and clearer clip on YouTube, uploaded on February 21, 2021, shows the name on the strip - Esoral. Further, upon zooming into the packaging, 'City Pharmaceutical Laboratories' can be seen with the address of the manufacturer as Karachi. It is a drug owned by Eskayef pharmaceuticals, a Bangladesh based drug manufacturer. The capsules seen in the viral video do not mention Eskayef anywhere. The same videos were earlier viral with claims that it is a new tactic by Muslims in India to kill Hindus. BOOM had earlier spoken to Eskayef who said, "We do not sell any products in India or Pakistan. No Indian agent is aligned with us and we do not export to either India or Pakistan." On looking at the Esoral tablet strip on the company website, it was found that the packaging was different from the one in the viral video. A search for the same, showed that the company is based in Bosnia and Herzegovina.






Bajrang Dal leader booked over provocative speech at Surathkal

Date: 8 October 2021

Bajrang Dal leader Chaitra Kundapur was booked for allegedly making a provocative speech against other communities during a public gathering at Surathkal on October 4.

Abdul Khader, a businessman and several others, had filed complaints demanding action against Chaitra for making a 'derogatory and abusive' speech. In the complaint, they alleged that she also said the 'Bajrang Dal could easily convert Muslim women and make them wear Kumkum'.

Bantwal Congress leader Bondala Chittaranjan Shetty in a complaint to Surathkal police had said that the Bajrang Dal had organised a public programme at Surathkal, where Chaitra made a 'provocative speech using vulgar, unparliamentary words'.

Meanwhile, she has been booked under sections 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion) and 505(2) (Statements conducive to public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code.






Don't want Miya votes, we live in harmony: Assam CM

DaTE: 9 October 2021

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the BJP does not need votes from the Bengali-origin Muslim community in Assam -- often colloquially referred to as 'Miya' Muslims.

Speaking at the 19th edition of the India Today Conclave 2021, Himanta Biswa Sarma said, "I don't want Miya votes, we live in harmony. I don't go to them for votes, and they also don't come to me."

Himanta Biswa Sarma said many people in the state believe immigrant Muslims are the root cause why Assam has lost identity, culture and land. Himanta Biswa Sarma also said that there was no community-based politics in Assam.

Himanta Biswa Sarma said encroachment was taking place because immigrant Muslims were producing in large numbers. "Many Assamese people think this way. This process started before Independence. I am carrying this burden of history with me," Himanta Biswa Sarma said.






Hindu women abused for travelling in Muslim man’s car

Date: 10 October 2021

The police in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka arrested two persons for allegedly abusing two Hindu women for travelling in a Muslim man’s car.

The arrested are identified as Samhithraj (36) and Sandeep Poojary (34), residents of Dakshina Kannada district. According to the police sources, Geetha and her friend Manjula, Hindu women from Karkala in the Udupi district, were travelling on a two-wheeler to a Hanuman temple in Moodbidri. On the way, they met their friend Soudha, a Muslim woman and her husband Ashraf. Since they were on the same way, Soudha and Ashraf offered to drop Geetha and Manjula at the temple. They parked their scooters and boarded the car, said the police.

Around 10.30 am, six to eight persons on bikes came and stopped their vehicle, said the police. They asked Geetha and Manjula to get down from the vehicle and abused them for boarding a car belonging to a Muslim. They also abused Ashraf for taking them in the car, said the police.

The Moodbidri police registered a case under IPC sections 354, 153 (a), 504 and 506 against the two accused. Mangaluru city police commissioner N Shashi Kumar said, “we have arrested two persons and efforts are being made to nab the other accused in the case.”






Moral policing: Two arrested for assault on youth

Date: 7 October 2021

Mangaluru police arrested two youths for allegedly assaulting a man for speaking with three women.

The arrested persons are Jayaprakash and Pruthvi, who work as daily wage employees in the Dakshina Kannada Cooperative Milk Producers Union's plant in Kulashekara.

According to the complaint filed by Muhammed P.V., 23, a native of Kannur in Kerala, he was riding his motorcycle with his friend Pranav on October 6 heading towards their room in Lalbagh after having dinner in Kankanady. On the way, he spoke to his woman friend near a sweet stall. Then he stopped his two-wheeler near a motorcycle showroom in Kadri around 10 p.m. where he met two women, who were his classmates.

As they were speaking, two persons came on a motorcycle and asked the names of the two men. After Muhammed identified himself, the duo allegedly abusued him for speaking with a women from another community and slapped him. Soon, police arrived at the spot.

Following a complaint by Muhammed, Mangaluru East police traced the two persons and arrested them for offences under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 341, 323, 504 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code.






BJP MP, Ex-CM Raman Singh's Son Booked for 'Rioting'

Date: 8 October 2021

Bharatiya Janata Party MP Santosh Pandey and former party MP Abhishek Singh were on Friday, October 8, booked for rioting and damage to property in connection with the communal violence at Kawardha town of Chhattisgarh, reports have said.

Abhishek Singh is former Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh’s son.

Violence broke out at Kawardha, the headquarters of Kabirdham district, on Tuesday, October 5, during a 3000-people procession taken out by right-wing Hindu outfits defying a curfew. Police had said that no permission was given by the administration for the rally which was taken out two days after a clash broke out between the Hindu and Muslim communities over removal of religious flags from a thoroughfare in the town.

So far 66 people have been arrested, police said.

Pandey and Singh were both reported to have attended the rally on Tuesday. Pandey tweeted photographs from it as well.

Indian Express has reported that participants at the rally raised slogans of “Jai Shri Ram, attacked homes and vehicles owned by Muslims, and pelted the police with stones.” More than a dozen civilians and police personnel were injured in the violence.







Hindutva groups disrupt garba event alleging ‘love jihad’ in Madhya Pradesh

Date: 12 October 2021

Four Muslim men arrested for allegedly creating “public nuisance” in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore city after Hindutva group members found them outside a garba event.

Members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal interrupted the event held at a college in Indore. The workers of the Hindutva outfits objected to the organisers’ decision to allow non-Hindus to take part in the event, according to The Times of India.

“The event was also being used to promote ‘love jihad’ as entry was given to thousands of Muslim youngsters,” Tannu Sharma, the Bajrang Dal’s convenor in Indore, told The Times of India.

A volunteer, who was at the entry gate of the college during the event, told the newspaper that members of the Bajrang Dal had targeted a student named Kadir Mansoori in the college parking area, saying “he is one of theirs”.

The Bajrang Dal members also harassed Mansoori’s friend Adnan Shah. “The Bajrang Dal men then took them to the police van outside the event ground,” the volunteer added.

Mansoor, Shah and their friends Umar Khalid and Sayyad Sakib were handed over to the police, The Indian Express reported.

“We have registered a case against four persons for violating section 151 CrPC [Code of Criminal Procedure] for disturbing peace,” police officer Santosh Yadav told The Times of India.

Adnan Shah’s uncle Sajid Shah said: “Early Monday morning police assured us that the four would be released but they were produced before the SDM, who instead of giving them bail, sent them to jail without our knowledge.”






Muslim Family Attacked 'for Not Leaving Village' in Indore

Date: 10 October 2021

 A Muslim family of eight was allegedly attacked by a mob armed with iron rods chanting religious slogans in Indore’s Kampel locality, after the family refused to leave the village dominated by the Hindu community. There is only one Muslim family living in the village.

The victims are blacksmith by profession who had moved to Indore’s Kampel two years ago and run an agricultural equipment repairing workshop on the outskirts of the Pewday village.

According to the Indore police, the incident took place 22 km away from the Indore district headquarters in Pewday village, which falls under the Khudel police station, on Saturday at around 8 pm. The attackers left five people of the family gravely injured. They were referred to the Indore’s MY Hospital for treatment.

Based on a complaint from one of the victim, Shahrukh Lohar (25), the Khudel police registered the FIR against nine people of the Hindu community under Sections 323, 294, 506, 427, 147 and 148 of the Indian Penal Code almost eight hours after the incident. “Nine people have been booked under various sections of the IPC based on the complaint of the Muslim family,” said sub-inspector Vishwajeet Tomar, who is also the investigating officer of the case. “No arrests have been made yet.”

The police, however, registered a counter FIR against the victim Muslim family based on a complaint from Vikash Singh, a shopkeeper, who hails from Kampel village hours after the first FIR. In his police complaint, Vikash claimed that he has given Rs 75,000 to the Muslim family to built a tractor trolley two months ago which they failed to deliver. Dispute over money led to the violence, he alleged.