Chaos in the village of Madhya Pradesh, central India, broke out after far-right Hindu groups vandalized a mosque. Police arrested almost 45 people associated with the chaos.
Chaos in Madhya Pradesh over locals destroys a Mosque
The situation remains chaotic in some parts of Madhya Pradesh in central India after joint violence broke out in parts of the state governed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Authorities imposed prohibitions on parts of the Mandsaur and Indore districts and arrested dozens of people. Riots were reportedly created during a rally organized by a right-wing Hindu group to raise funds to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya, northern Uttar Pradesh.
In the Indore district on Tuesday when a clash broke out in a Muslim-controlled village, members of a group of Hindus attending a rally stopped in front of a mosque and chanted a slogan while Muslims were praying inside and thus caused a violent incident. The video that became a hot topic on social media soon portrays a group of men reciting with the saffron flag and the “Jai Shri Ram” (Hail Ram) slogan – went into the mosque and tried to damage the minaret in front of it, with the presence of police in the scene.
Police Personnel probe into the scene
“The incident was a disgrace and a team has been formed to identify the attackers,” Inspector General of Police Yogesh Deshmukh told Al Jazeera. “Compared to the crowd, the police were small and could not control the situation,” Deshmukh said, referring to police involvement in the incident. Further stated that they are investigating and if they find any evidence or video, they will take drastic action. He also stated that 29 people have been arrested so far. The incident happened just three days after the same type of clashes happened elsewhere in the Muslim-majority province of Begum Bagh in Ujjain of the BJP youth wing, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), in the area led the riots.
The first kind of incident was reported in Ujjain district in Madhya Pradesh on December 25 when BJYM members organized a motorcycle rally to raise funds for the proposed Ayodhya Ram Temple. A resident of Begum Bagh suspects that BJYM staff members mocked them while harassing other locals while passing by neighbours several times a day. A Muslim chief in Ujjain, Khaliqur Rehman, said they were compromising local people. Bicycles swarmed the region a few times each day and mortified local people and travellers each time they disparaged.
The respective police of the area registered complaints in opposition to one hundred human beings and almost 50 human beings had been arrested. The Babri Masjid mosque of 1992 was demolished and since then the Supreme Court of India has the central order to construct a Hindu temple, and at the same time as Muslims had been given five acres hectare land as to construct a mosque there. Asaduddin Owaisi, head of the All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, on Wednesday blamed the left-wing authorities of the government for inciting these chaoses.