Picture circulated online gives false impression that majority of SI candidates in West Bengal are Muslim

Date: 21 June 2021

The West Bengal Police Recruitment Board (WBPRB) announced the final result of the 2019 Recruitment to the post of Sub-Inspector (Armed Branch and Unarmed Branch) Exam on June 18, 2021. Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Madhya Pradesh state president Vaibhav Pawar tweeted a list of 50 selected candidates. A majority of the candidates on the list are Muslims. “Mamata Banerjee is ensuring (West Bengal) transforms into Pakistan,” he wrote. A plethora of other users alluded that a majority of candidates recruited as sub-inspectors in West Bengal police hail from the Muslim community. The list was also widespread on Facebook. The list widespread on social media was the list of candidates provisionally selected against OBC (Other Backward Classes)-A vacancies. The website of the West Bengal Police Recruitment Board (WBPRB) has two lists for each vacancy (10 lists in total). One of the lists with a majority of Muslim names was cherry-picked to falsely portray that WBPRB has only selected Muslim candidates. The lists of provincially selected candidates against SC reservation had 147 names (1 and 2) and the lists against ST reservation had 40 names (1 and 2). Muslims are not eligible for SC and ST reservations. Furthermore, there are 366 provincially selected candidates against the UR (Unreserved) category (1 and 2) and a majority of them are Hindus. ‘OBC-A vacancies’ are visible upon a careful look at the list shared on social media. The West Bengal government recognises 170 OBC communities, out of which 112 are Muslim. The OBC quota in the state has been expanded by successive Left and TMC governments. According to The Quint, 97 percent of Muslims in West Bengal fall under the OBC quota. This has led the BJP to claim for some years now that Muslims have disproportionately gained from OBC reservations. The party also attacked the TMC government ahead of the assembly elections this year for Muslim “appeasement”.






'Pre-Historic' Temple for Which Muslim Families Were Evicted Built in 80s: Report

Date: 21 June 2021

An independent fact-finding committee found that the “pre-historic” temple over which 49 Muslim families of East Bengal origin were evicted from a sand bar in Assam’s Darrang district was not pre-historic but built by the settlers themselves in the 1980s. The committee paid a visit to the Dhalpur village situated on a sand bar (Char-Chapori) in the Sipajhar revenue circle of Assam’s Darrang district. The state government recently removed the Muslim families from the area. It also included a Hindu family in the eviction drive. The committee’s report after the field visit said, “The villagers had settled in that part of land back in (the) early 1980s…They must have shifted to this place during (the violence) in the (course of the) Assam Agitation in 1983.” The report also said, “There were three Hindu families among them” and added that the temple was established by “the members of the Hindu families.” “Out of the three Hindu families, two have migrated to nearby villages in the early 2000s and the remaining family of Kanak Das took care of the temple,” the committee’s report said. Among those evicted from the area on June 7 was Kanak Das’s widow Parbati Das.






Mosque’s minaret vandalised in Mathura

Date: 23 June 2021

Two minarets of a mosque were found to be vandalized by unidentified miscreants in a village in Mathura district. The incident took place in a village in the Chhata area of the district and came to light in the morning after the locals noticed and reported it, police said. Police claimed it had got the damaged minarets repaired and has registered a case against unidentified miscreants.






Four lynched in Tripura on suspicion of cattle theft

Date: 22 June 2021

Four youths suspected of stealing cattle were reportedly lynched to death in Khowai district of Tripura on Sunday, June 20. According to reports, two of the victims were tied with ropes before an irate mob thrashed them to death, while the third was caught after a chase and beaten to death. The three men, residents of three neighbouring villages of Sonamura subdivision in Sepahijala district, were allegedly transporting cattle in a mini-truck when they were stopped at north Maharanipur in Khowai district. People from nearby villages held Billal Mia (30) and Joyed Hussain (28) while Saiful Islam (18) managed to flee from the scene. Soon, a mob gathered, and tied Billal and Joyed with ropes, and started beating them with bamboo and wooden sticks. They were allegedly thrashed to death at the scene. Another group of villagers who chased Saiful caught him at Mungiakami village, where he too was lynched. Police teams recovered the youths from both incident spots and shifted them to GBP Hospital in Agartala where they were declared brought dead, senior Khowai district police official Sonacharan Jamatia told mediapersons. On 3 July, the body of a fourth person, Salim Hussain, was found buried in a wooded area in North Maharanipur on Saturday afternoon, based on the confession of the accused. The police has arrested three men as the investigation progressed. Sources said the police swung into action after the State government asked the police to act tough against the accused.







Muslim man killed by Hindu cow vigilantes in Jammu and Kashmir

Date: 23 June 2021

Aijaz Ahmad Dar, a 20 year old Muslim from Rajouri district in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir was brutally beaten to death by a Hindu mob when he was returning home after buying a buffalo,, media outlets in Kashmir reported. Aijaz Dar, the resident of Thanamandi area in Rajouri, was critically injured in the attack, succumbed to his injuries at Government Medical College in Jammu while another Muslim youth accompanying him escaped without any major injury. Rajouri Police registered an FIR under the sections of the Indian Penal Code 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others), 147 (rioting.) and 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapons). Guftar Choudhary, spokesperson of Gujjar Bakarwal Youth Welfare Conference (JKGBYC) claimed that the police registered the FIR after protests by the community members. Aijaz, the sole brother to his three sisters, with paralyzed father, was the only bread earner in the family, Nazar said.






TV channels insinuate a ‘jihadi’ conspiracy after two Muslims preachers arrested in UP

Date: 24 June 2021

Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested two Muslim clerics from Delhi’s Jamia Nagar in an alleged “religious conversion racket”. According to police officers, the two were accused of converting people to Islam by offering them job, money, marriage, and other facilities, News18 reported. The police said the two accused – Mufti Kazi Jahageer Alam (52) and Mohammad Umar Gautam (57) – run an organisation named Islamic Dawah Centre (IDC) along with their associates. As per the police, the organisation has been involved in large-scale religious conversions for the past one-and-a-half years, said the news report. Despite the fact that the case was in its initial stages and the charges had not been proved, “Forced conversion” was how Times Now put it, adding, “Lured with jobs, junkets, wealth and wife…”. Disabled children in Ghaziabad were, reportedly, the immediate target — “poor Hindus”, said News18 India. “Ganda hai dharma ka Dhanda,” said Zee News, adding that “1,000 people converted” by the two men — “Who knows how many cities see this happening?” Hindi channels detected a sinister design in the alleged crime: “Koi jihad hai?’’ asked the India TV anchor, “to increase the Muslim population?” Times Now summed up the allegations: the busted conversion gang had links to Pakistan, ISI for funding; it aimed at radicalisation, to spread hatred and change the demography of the country. Zee Hindustan toured the premises of the school the converted children attended — although it was closed and empty. fling. More pertinently, it visited the families of some ‘forcibly’ converted children, like one Aman Yadav. Zee Hindustan reminded the viewers: ‘Jihadi poison, keep an eye on your children’. 





Video of man contaminating milk from Pakistan alleged to be from India

Date: 25 June 2021

A 34-second clip shows a man mixing a liquid (presumably water) inside milk cans and dipping his arm to stir the contents. The clip was circulating on the Indian social media ecosystem. “Look at the condition. They are openly mixing water in milk cans and perhaps spitting inside the cans. Now even our milkmen will have to be Sanatani. #Spit_Jihad_Peacefuls” – read the accompanying message in Hindi. The same clip went viral on social media with a different caption urging people to not buy food and drinks from Muslims and boycott the community.  According to Pakistani news reports, this incident took place in Pakistan, from Lahore Main Road. A closer look at the cargo loader in the video shows the name of the brand ‘Siwa‘ which is a Pakistani auto manufacturing company. 






Twitter Suspends Accounts Documenting Hate Crimes against Muslims in India

Date: 25 June 2021

Twitter suspended the account of Mohd Asif Khan, an activist and critical voice on social media who was known for exposing hate crimes against minorities and women in India. The action once again sparked accusations against the social media giant of censoring critical voices in India. His last tweet before suspension was about the arrest of Umar Gautam, a Muslim preacher who has been arrested by Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad over allegations of forced conversions. “If Maulana Umar Gautam was preaching Islam and propagating Islam then he was exercising his constitutional rights. Do you think a person can convert 1000+ people into Islam by force or by bribe in a country with 80% Hindu population?” Asif asked in a tweet with a solidarity hashtag #StandwithUmarGautam which briefly trended in some circles on Twitter. The anti-hate activist said he had not been notified about the action which prompted him to lodge an appeal. The response from Twitter seen by Clarion India informed him that his account has been suspended for violating the rules of the platform “against ban evasion”. “It is bizarre,” Asif said. “I don’t understand what kind of ban I tried to evade?” The accounts Indian Muslims and Indian Muslimahs, which also carried out work similar to Asif Khan, were suspended around four months ago.






ATS finds Hindu nationalist on Uttar Pradesh’s ‘forced converts’ list

Date: 25 June 2021

The Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) had gone looking for “Abdul Samad” at Shitla Kheda village in UP’s Saharanpur on June 23, Wednesday. The name was on the “list” of a thousand-odd allegedly converted to Islam by two Delhi-based Muslim clerics who, the ATS said, had received foreign funding to do so. The ATS found, instead, a staunch Hindu nationalist who has written books on PM Narendra Modi and CM Yogi Adityanath and had “definitely not been converted”. “Had I not produced the books I’ve authored, ‘NaMo Gatha: Modi, Ek Vichaar’ and ‘Yogi Raj se Yogiraj Tak’, they wouldn’t have believed me,” Praveen Kumar, 32, told TOI. He's a PhD scholar, working on the plight of girl students in the rural sector, whose day job is as a cane development officer at a sugar mill. “The ATS officials were accompanied by local police that day. They spoke with me alone, behind closed doors, and asked me not to speak of the conversation ever again. They wanted to know when I had been converted,” Praveen said. “I told them no one ever tried to convert me. I am a Hindu and have always been one … Then, they said my name must have been included to seek funds from outside the country.” The case ATS is pursuing is against the chairperson of Islamic Da’wah Centre (IDC) Mufti Kazi Jahangir Qasmi and Mohammed Umar Gautam.