Several detained for disrupting namaz in Gurugram

Date: 29 october 2021

Around 30 people who were part of a mob that was protesting against Muslims holding Friday Prayers (Namaz) in Gurugram were detained by the Police.

The incident was reported from Sector 12-A of Gurugram when the group had gathered to oppose Friday prayers in the area.

The mob was heard chanting slogans calling for an end to Friday prayers in the open.

Around 500 police personnel were deployed at five spots where Muslims offer 'namaz' in the city on Friday. The step was taken following threats of disruption by right wing Hindu groups if prayers were offered in the open.




Hindu Rashtra workers makes hate comment on ill child; arrested

Date: 19 April 2019

A member of the organization Hindu Rashtra was arrested after he posted an objectionable comment on social media about a newborn child who was being transported from Mangalore to Eranakulam for a heart surgery. Binil Somasundaram’s post read: “Kerala has to arrange seamless transport for an ambulance with the number plate KL60 J 7739. Because the patient in there belongs to ‘Sania and Mithah’. The government will make the treatment free. Because it the seed of a minority (jihadi).” Following social media outrage, Kerala police later charged him with IPC Section 153A for stoking religious tension and arrested him. 




Anti-Muslim violence breaks out in Tripura

Date: 01 November 2021

Following communal violence in Bangladesh, suspected Hindu group miscreants in Tripura allegedly attacked Mosques and Muslims across the state. During protests organised by right-wing Hindu groups like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Hindu Jagran Manch, Bajrang Dal and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) against anti-Hindu violence in Bangladesh, at least 15 mosques and over a dozen of houses and shops belonging to Muslims were vandalised in Tripura. The violence in the state has led to rising fears among many Muslims, who are a minority forming 8.6% of the total population. Those who live in the Unakoti and North Tripura districts told The Wire that they were feeling particularly vulnerable.

In connection to the attack on Hindu temples and people in Bangladesh, miscreants had burnt a mosque at Maharanipur in Udaipur sub-division of Gomati district, mosque attacked at Krishnanagar in Agartala city.

A mosque was vandalized azaan stopped at Ratabari in Kailashahar sub-division of Unakoti district. Moreover, alleged miscreants hoisted a saffron flag on the mosque’s boundary wall and raised slogans.   

Apart from mosques, an advocate Abdul Basit Khan’s house was vandalized at Dharmanagar, Muslim hawkers at Pal Bazar area in Unakoti district were attacked and they were forced to vacate the area. The area at Shaydabari in Kailashahar is in a tense condition following threats from the right-wing activists in Tripura.

A mosque was stoned in Sepahijala. 



Old protest video viral with false claim that 'Bangladeshi Muslims' are demanding separate country

Date: 11 June 2021

A video of a group of protesters getting thrashed by the police went viral on social media with the claim that the demonstrators are 'Bangladeshi Muslims' in Assam who were demanding a separate country. The claim further said that Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma took action against them by getting them beaten up by the police. Multiple Facebook users posted the one minute and 30 seconds-long video with a graphic in Hindi superimposed that says, “In Assam, Bangladeshi Muslims have demanded a separate country” with an angry emoji. The caption read out that “Himanta Biswa Sarma has given a perfect beating to these protesters.”

In reality, this was a 2017 video of a demonstration carried out by locals in Goalpara district of Assam. These men were protesting against the alleged harassment of Muslims by the state by listing them as illegal migrants, or 'D voters' (doubtful voters).




Rajasthan teacher who celebrated Pak victory against India expelled and arrested

Date: 27 october 2021

A private school teacher in Rajasthan’s Udaipur was arrested a day after she was sacked by the school management for allegedly posting a WhatsApp status celebrating Pakistan’s victory over India in a T20 Cricket World Cup match.

Nafeesa Attari, a teacher at Neerja Modi School Udaipur, had posted a picture of Pakistani players with the caption, “Jeeeet gayeeee, We wonnn,” after India’s loss to Pakistan.

After screenshots of her WhatsApp status went viral on social media, the school management had terminated her from the job.

Attari was arrested under IPC Section 153 (B) (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration).

Earlier, apologising for her WhatsApp post, Attari had released a video statement saying she did not intend to hurt anyone’s sentiments.




Kerala woman falsely alleges assault over 'no halal' board

Date: 2 Novmeber 2021

Thushara Nandu, aka Thushara Ajith, who falsely alleged that she was assaulted for putting up a 'no halal' board in front of her eatery in Kochi, and her accomplices were arrested on charges of assaulting two persons following a clash over the ownership of an eatery.

Thushara, her husband Ajith and Appu who were on the run were arrested in an attempt to murder case, confirmed Kochi City Police Commissioner C H Nagaraju on 2 November. The police had arrested two of her accomplices on 31 October— Abin Bensus Antony, 22, and Vishnu Shivadas, 26, -- in the case. 

Besides, the Infopark police on Sunday registered a case against Thushara for spreading communal hatred via social media. She had posted a video on the Facebook account Thushara Ajith Kallayil 'with an intention to ignite communal hatred', said police.

The incident occurred on the night of October 24 when Thushara, her husband and two accomplices removed a chaat kiosk in front of the restaurant ‘Dine’, run by its owner Nakul S Babu at Chil Se Food Spot at Nilampathinjimukal near Infopark, Kakkanad, in Kochi. The restaurant is near the eatery owned by Thushara which is yet to be opened.

On being questioned, Ajith and others attacked Nakul and Binoj George, a friend of Nakul, with lethal weapons. Binoj, who sustained severe injuries, had to undergo surgery.

Subsequently, Thushara lodged a complaint claiming Nakul and Binoj attacked her and outraged her modesty. Meanwhile, Nakul approached the police with a complaint alleging that Thushara and her husband manhandled them. On investigation, the police found that the allegations levelled by Thushara were baseless.

Meanwhile, Thushara posted a video on Facebook alleging that she was assaulted for putting up the 'no halal' board. Following this, members of right-wing outfits came out in support and the post went viral on social media. According to the police, the made-up story was meant to draw media attention and mislead the inquiry against her. Thushara and her accomplices attempted to add a communal colour to the issue citing that the putting up of the board was the reason behind the attack, said police.




Students Arrested in Agra for 'Supporting Pakistan' During T20 Match

DAte: 28 october 2021

An FIR was registered at the Jagdishpura police station in Agra against three Kashmiri students from Raja Balwant Singh Management Technical Campus who were earlier suspended by the college and a police complaint filed against them by local BJP leaders. They have been booked under IPC Section 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups), 505 (1)(B) (with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public) and Section 66 F of the Information Technology Act, the police said. A tweet by chief minister Yogi Adityanath suggested that they may also be charged with sedition.

Dr Pankaj Gupta, director of administration and finance at the institute, had said on Tuesday that the students were suspended with immediate effect. “The students were studying under the Prime Minister Super Special Scheme. We have also apprised the PM office and AICTE of the students’ act. However, students have apologised,” Gupta had said.

On Wednesday, right-wing Hindu outfits protested at the Collectorate premises and demanded action against the students who celebrated Pakistan cricket’s victory against the Indian team. They also submitted a memorandum to the officials concerned in this connection.

“Yesterday, the college was functioning like it does when around 3.45 pm, several outside elements entered the college premises illegally and disrupted the studies. They also tried to forcefully enter the hostel, which is wrong and unacceptable. They did not have any conversation with the director of the college regarding this. When they could not enter the hostels, they raised slogans in the premises and also blocked the road outside,” reads the statement issued by the college, according to Indian Express.

“They also used objectionable language against the three students and also the college administration. They also said the college is a shelter for youths with separatist ideology, and made an attempt to ruin the college’s image,” it continues.




Bajrang Dal Members Threaten Hall Owners, Get Shows of Muslim Comedian Cancelled

Date: 28 october 2021

Two shows featuring stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui were cancelled after members of the Hindutva group Bajrang Dal travelled from Gujarat to Mumbai and threatened the venue owners.

Rightwing groups have trained their guns on Faruqui since the beginning of this year, when he was charged with hurting religious sentiments based on the complaint of the son of a BJP MLA and arrested even before the allegedly offensive show took place.

The BJP leader’s son had claimed that he overheard Faruqui allegedly passing “indecent remarks” about Hindu deities and Union home minister Amit Shah while rehearsing for an Indore show but could not submit proof of this. Nonetheless, Faruqui was incarcerated for a month, along with others, before the Supreme Court granted him bail.

Faruqui was supposed to perform at two venues in Mumbai – a hall at Borivali (West) on October 29 and the Rangshardha Auditorium in Bandra on October 30 and 31.

Indian Express reported that an online campaign, followed by live threats, led owners of both venues to call off the shows by October 27.

The news outlet quoted Purnima Shah, owner of the Bandra hall, as having said that three Bajrang Dal members arrived and threatened them on the afternoon of October 26, saying Faruqui’s show is “against Hindus.”

“They told us they will burn the place, so we decided to cancel the show. At that time I called the police, who escorted them out of my premises,” said Shah, who also said that as owner of the hall, she does not usually ask who the artist is and bookings are made directly by the producer.

Shah said telephone calls from Bajrang Dal members also contained threats. She had also reported them to police.

Meanwhile, in addition to warning Bajrang Dal members that action will be taken if they “create any issue,” Senior Inspector of Bandra police station Manohar Dhanavade told Express that police has also served a notice to the show’s organisers.

The notice, which was accessed by Express, said police have information that “the act may contain content that may hurt religious sentiments of Hindus or other religions.”




Awareness video falsely viral as Muslim man spikes Hindu woman’s drink to rape her


Date: 28 october 2021

Hariom Rajawat, a supporter of the Vishva Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal, shared the video of a CCTV clip and wrote that it showed a Muslim boy who was planning to rape his Hindu friend by mixing an intoxicant in her drink. The perpetrator was caught thanks to the vigilance of the restaurant staff, he claimed.

Several users promoted the clip on Facebook and Twitter with the same claim.

The video is dated Friday, October 15. The entire incident is narrated via captions in the video. The viewer first sees two people entering a hotel and ordering drinks. The woman goes to wash her hands. Meanwhile, the man accompanying her is seen mixing something into her drink as the cashier looks on. The cashier then informs a waiter and on his behest, the latter spills the drink before the woman can consume it. Following this, the police arrive and take the man away. In the end, a message appears stating that the video was a scripted PSA created to spread awareness.

A video that was created with the aim of spreading awareness among the public is now being circulated with a false communal claim. Users are sharing it without reading the message that appears at the end or deliberately ignoring it.




TV news show host blames religion for people celebrating Pakistan’s win against India in cricket 

Date: 28 october 2021

Aman Chopra, who hosts the TV news debate ‘Desh Nahin Jhukne Denge’ on News118 Hindi, ran a segment after India’s loss to Pakistan in the T20 cricket world cup, where he criticized Indian Muslims for putting their religion ahead of their nation. In Chopra’s exchange with Ahmad Ayaz, the secretary of the J&K Muslim Personal Law Board, he cited a speech by Pakistan legislator Sheikh Rasheed, who had said Pakistan’s cricket victory was a “victory of Islam”, supported by Muslims across the world and in India.

It is because of this video, Chopra said, that “the Muslims of the world, the Muslims of India and Pakistan have come together...” He cited former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s tweet in this context.

“...some Muslims here are celebrating the win of Islam in Pakistan...Tell me one reason why these traitors have come out to support Pakistan. They have come out because of religion,” he said during the show. 

Later in the show, he said: “Some people from the Jinnah gang who missed their train in 1947 and were left here, they are celebrating here.” Complaining to BJP’s Sudhanshu Trivedi, he went on: “My complaint is that a strong message is not given to such people...Those who say Jai Shree Ram or Bharat Mata ki Jai are put behind bars…”

On another show, he said, those who are blind should now open their eyes and see that “for these traitors, the match was never about cricket, but about religion.”

On October 25, Chopra said: “If India had won, and people had celebrated in Pakistan, god knows where the terrorist army of Bajwa [the Pakistan army chief] would have sent them. But here, we allow anything and everything in the name of ‘too much democracy’, freedom of expression and secularism.”

His show on October 28 took it several steps further.

For starters, it was titled “Gaddaron ki Diwali, UP mein Kali?”, meaning “It’s a black Diwali for traitors in UP?”. Chopra was specifically jubilant about the “efforts” of the Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, hailing the police action taken against those he called “gaddars”, or traitors, and “Pakistan bhakts”.