Group of men barges into G Noida village mosque, beats up locals and imam

Date: 6 June 2021

 A group of unidentified men allegedly barged into a mosque and attacked the imam and some others, in Rampur Majra village in Greater Noida’s Dankaur. According to locals, the incident took place around 8:30pm, when people were offering their evening prayers. A case was registered against unknown persons and a search  launched, said the police.




Centre allows 5 states to implement religion-based citizenship

Date: 29 May 2021

 The Narendra Modi government issued a gazette notification empowering authorities in 13 more districts — in Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab — to grant citizenship to minority communities hailing from the neighbouring countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh under the existing rules. According to the notification, the collectors of the specified districts — and the home secretaries in Punjab and Haryana — will be empowered to accept, verify and ultimately grant citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian applicants, who hail from the three countries mentioned above. The five states have been empowered to give citizenship to minorities from neighbouring countries under the Citizenship Act, 1955 and the Citizenship Rules, 2009, and not under the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 since the rules for the latest law were yet to be framed.




False anti-Muslim story spun using video of BJP member thrashed by Maharashtra cops

Date: 2 June 2021

A video that showed policemen beating an unarmed man with lathis widely circulated on social media. It was being claimed that he was an ambulance driver who killed patients in Telangana’s Nizamabad Hospital by obstructing their oxygen supply because his source of income was transporting dead bodies to crematoriums. Several claimed that the man’s name was Naseem. BJP National Secretary Sunil Deodhar had tweeted the video on May 27. He claimed that BJP Maharashtra Yuva Morcha District General Secretary Shivraj was beaten by Maharashtra police. ANI quoted inspector Prashant Mahajan, Kadim Jalna police station, saying that BJP Youth Secy Shivraj Nariyalwale was beaten after his family vandalised hospital premises following the death of a patient on April 10.




Six Muslim Men in UP’s Amroha Allege Torture by Police on Suspicion of Ox Slaughter

Date: 1 June 2021

The police in Uttar Pradesh’s Amroha are reported to have mercilessly beaten up six Muslim men and allegedly tortured them whole night on suspicion that they were going to slaughter an ox. The victims – Waseem, Arshad, Faizan, Abdul Qadir, Waseem Akram and Guddu are residents of Amroha’s Muradabadi Gate in the Kotwali area. In their complaint filed on Saturday, they said that on Friday around 10 PM, they were guarding a mango garden. The in-charge of Muradabadi Gate police station, Sandeep Chaudhry, came to the garden along with police personnel Styandera, Maneesh and others and took them to the police station. The cops thrashed them in the van and then tortured them the whole night at the police station. The victims also alleged that they were subjected to third degree torture. They also alleged that the policemen were drunk. After the whole night ordeal, the policemen freed them saying they were innocent.




Muslim man alleged to have died after being beaten up by police

Date: 14 May 2021

A young man named Sahid Mansouri allegedly died after being beaten up by police , according to his friends in Sangod, Rajasthan. However, police claimed that he had died after jumping into the river when the police spotted him playing cards. At the hospital where Mansouri died, a demonstration was held by local residents demanding an investigation.




‘Thrashed’ for Phoning Delhi Police Helpline, Muslim Man Needs Spinal Surgery

Date: 3 June 2021

A resident of New Delhi was brutally beaten by three policemen at at the Fatehpur Beri Police Station for calling the emergency helpline number 100, informing about a fight in his neighbourhood. 29- year old, Wasim Khan residing in Delhi’s Chhatarpur had called the police on the night of May 17, after a fight broke out in the locality. Soon it took a bad turn and people involved in the brawl started pelting stones at each other and in order to stop the fight many tried to intervene, amidst which Khan called the emergency helpline number 100 to inform about this. After a while police from Fatehpur Beri came and took control over the situation. Later, on the same night around 11.30 pm the police asked Wasim Khan and five others, (all Muslims) to accompany them to the police station to provide their statements as witnesses. Soon, after reaching the police station everyone’s phones were seized and Wasim Khan was taken in a separate room where he was thrashed and beaten brutally by Sub-inspector Satender Guliya who hit him with his elbows and kept striking a lathi on his back. The other two, head constable Praveen and constable Jitender kicked him and even held him upside down.




Muslims near India’s Hindu temple allege pressure to vacate homes

Date: 4 June 2021

The Uttar Pradesh government’s alleged plan to remove over a dozen houses in the vicinity of the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur “for the deployment of police forces to provide a security cover to the temple” triggered an uproar. The families affected by the state government’s move alleged that they were made to sign the consent forms under pressure and were not given the complete information. The district administration, on the other hand, claimed that the security plan is still in its nascent stages and no one is being coerced – all the families have signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) without any pressure, it claimed. The families who signed the said MoU seem scared and worried. Most of them either switched off their mobile phones or are not picking up calls. Members of three affected families told The Wire that they signed the MoU after the lekhpal and other officials from the district headquarters visited them and measured their property. One of the families said that revenue officials told them about the acquisition of their house, but claimed that they would be able to provide detailed information once they get a notice in writing.




Several Mahapanchayats Held to Support Those Arrested for 'Lynching' Muslim Man

Date: 5 June 2021

Despite the COVID-19 lockdown in the state, mahapanchayats were held in multiple Haryana villages in support of those arrested for lynching a Muslim man, Asif Khan. On May 30, a mahapanchayat was held in Indri village, Nuh. According to someone present, it was attended by around 50,000 people coming from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, even though Section 144 was in force in the state because of surging COVID-19 cases. The mahapanchayat was held in the village’s Sangam School from 11 am to 3 pm, and chaired by Arun Jaildar. Before the big mahapanchayat in Indri, smaller ones had been held in other villages. One mahapanchayat was held in the Kira village of Nuh tehsil; another was in Badoli village of Faridabad district. In these small mahapanchayats, people were informed about the planned event in Indri. All these mahapanchayats were held to demand the release those arrested for the Asif’s murder, with attendees claiming the accused are “innocent”. Asif, a 27-year-old gym trainer and resident of Khalilpur Kheda, was lynched by a group of people on May 16 when he and his cousin Rashid were going to buy medicines in Sohna. Rashid escaped after being beaten up, and later told the media that the mob was asking him to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and talking about killing all Muslims. Asif’s family members said that it was a lynching, but the police maintained that Khan was murdered due to personal animosity. The Muslim Raksha Dal (MRL), Haryana, has filed a police complaint with the Mewat SP against these mahapanchayats, accusing the organisers and speakers of “spreading hatred, breaking laws, damaging brotherhood and instigating riots”. The complaint filed by MRL’s Haryana president Taqeer Ali Meo on Tuesday named “main organiser” and sarpanch of Indri village Kamal, Satbeer Pahalwan, Damdama, Subhash Chaudhry, Palwal, Kernia Sena chief Suraj Pal Amu, Sohna and Yogesh Hilalpuriya, along with thousands of unnamed people.




 Instagram user questions actress for wearing hijab

Date: 4 June 2021

Former actor Sana Khan responded to a person on social media who questioned her for wearing hijab ‘despite her education’. The former Bigg Boss contestant had retired from showbiz before marrying husband Anas Saiyad last year. She, however, is quite active on social media and often shares peeks into her life and work. After Sana shared a new photo in which she is wearing the hijab and has a coffee sipper in her hand, a person wrote, “Itna padai likhai kast karke kiya faida wohi toh sabke jaisa pardeke andar rahena (What’s the point of your education if you’re going to hide behind a veil)?” Sana responded “Mere bhai, jab parde mai rahke I can do my business, have amazing in-laws and husband what more. I want. Most imp Allah is protecting me in every way. Alhamdulillah. And have completed my education too. So isn’t it a win-win situation?”