Bajrang Dal men gherao interfaith bus passengers

Date: 21 MArch 2021

CAtegory: Hate violence

Bajarang Dal activists allegedly harassed 2 Muslim men and a Hindu woman travelling by a bus from Mangaluru to Bengaluru in communal vigilantism in coastal Karnataka. Few kilometres after the journey began, a crowd of Bajrang Dal men stopped the bus at night. The person who tipped off the Bajrang Dal men about the interfaith group travelling together remains unknown. When the situation began getting out of control, the police reached the spot and dispersed the crowd. They took the 3 travellers to the police station to ensure their safety. Dakshina Kannada SP BM Laxmi Prasad told the media that 3 persons who were targeted remained unharmed and were given adequate police protection. However, no case was filed against the vigilante group.




“Those who reproduced 20” got more ration, says Uttarakhand CM

Date: 22 March 2021

Category: Hate speech

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat blamed people for having fewer family members as compared to those who “reproduced 20” and got more government rations during the pandemic, reported The New Indian Express. At an event on International Forests Day in Nainital district, Rawat said the government gave 5 kg of ration per person to every house. This means families with two members get 10 kg, while those with 20 received a quintal (100 kg). “But then they started to get jealous of each other that I got only 10 kgs for two and another person got a quintal for 20,” the chief minister claimed.




Six shops belonging to Muslims burnt in Agastyamuni, Uttarakhand

Date: 6 April 2018

Category: Hate violence

Six shops belonging to Muslim shopkeepers were burnt in Agastyamuni town of Rudraprayag district of Garhwal on mere rumors that were circulated on social media. Members of rightwing groups including those allegedly belonging to Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) took out a procession and targeted six shops belonging to Muslim shopkeepers, reportedly on false rumors spread on social media that a Muslim youth has raped a minor girl. The protestors raised anti-Muslim slogans and burnt the shops in “anger” against the alleged rape which did not take place.




Mob thrashes Muslim boy found with Hindu girl, destroys Muslim shops

Date: 31 July 2018

Category: hate violence

After a Muslim youth was brutally beaten up by the frenzied mob after being found with a Hindu minor girl at a hotel, Muslims traders at Ghansali town in Uttarakhand’s Tehri Garhwal district closed their shops fearing the mobs. The frenzied mob of nearly 250 people beat up 18-year-old Azad Alvi for hanging around with a Hindu girl in Ghansali Market, HT reported. The mob paraded the youth with a garland made of shoes around his neck after beating him up and before he was rescued by policemen and took him to PS. The frenzied mob also vandalized 3 shops of Muslim traders in the market, according to police reports while some Hindu traders also asked ‘outsider’ Muslim shop owners to leave the market.




After Muslim and Hindu girls and boys found together, Muslims shops vandalized

Date: 8 September 2017

Category: Hate violence

On the night of September 8, police in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, picked up two boys and two girls from a central part in the city a little after midnight. The boys were Muslims, the girls Hindus. All four were from Kirtinagar, a town in the Tehri Garhwal district. At the station, the police were informed by the Kirtinagar police that the girls had been reported missing. The girls were returned to Kirtinagar and the boys arrested, though it isn’t clear what they were charged with. According to a report in Amar Ujala, the next day, unnamed “Hindu organisations” attacked and broke the shops owned by the boys’ families in Kirtinagar. The report quotes local traders saying they had no involvement in the attack on the shops, and that those who did so were brought in “from outside.” 




Kashmiri shop owners asked to leave Missourie 

Date: 20 June 2017

Category: Hate violence

On June 19, Kushal Singh Rana, the general secretary of the BJP’s Mussoorie unit, who filed a complaint that Muslim boys had shouted pro-Pakistan slogans after India lost the cricket match to Pakistan. On the basis of the complaint, the police filed a First Information Report in which it charged unknown persons for making imputations and assertions prejudicial to national-integration. “Neither I nor any member of the traders’ association heard the slogans ourselves,” said Rana. “But we heard that the sloganeering had taken place.” The minors apprehended for the sloganeering were picked up on June 20 from Mullingar and Butcher-Khana – Muslim-majority neighbourhoods around the Landour Bazaar area adjoining Mussoorie. One of them is a local resident, while two others are from a village near Saharanpur, 100 km from Mussoorie, in Uttar Pradesh, according to the barber who employed them as apprentices. Speaking over the phone from his home in Saharanpur where he had gone for Eid, the barber, Sajid Salmani, denied that the boys could have been involved in the alleged sloganeering. “They come from poor households,” he said. Their parents sent them [to me] to learn some skills. They have no interest in cricket, either.” The minors were released on bail on June 23, according to Investigating Officer Mukesh Dimri. On June 20, the traders’ association met and announced its decision to bar Kashmiri traders from hiring shops in Mussoorie. The Kashmiri traders said that they found out about the decision through the media, and that the association has not sent them any formal notice or communication regarding the decision.