Sanghis burn Muslims’ shops in Uttarakhand over fake FB post

Srinagar: Members of some right-wing Hindu groups vandalised some 15 shops owned by Muslim traders in Uttarakhand on Friday following a fake video circulated on Facebook.

Agastyamuni, a quaint town in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district, witnessed communal violence for the first time in history. Shops owned by Muslim traders were burnt down by a group of persons affiliated to the Sangh Parivar after a fake video of rape went viral on social media, reports said.

An angry mob of at least 2,000 agitators led by right-wing groups reportedly associated with ABVP took out a procession and raising anti-Muslim slogans set ablaze upto 15 shops belonging to minority community.

“The shops (of Muslim traders) were emptied, and the materials in them, including mobile phones, watches, clothes, and vegetables, were thrown onto the streets and burnt by the agitating groups. However, no one was hurt,” said Tripti Bhatt, Rudraprayag district’s Superintendent of Police.

The video was circulated on social media with statements claiming that a Hindu girl was raped by a Muslim man in the town. Amidst speculations of increasing communal attacks, the police and district administration clarified that the video being circulated by right wing organisations was fake and appealed for maintaining calm in the town.

According to local residents, the little town of Agastyamuni with largely peace loving people has a small Muslim population. They never witnessed such violence in decades.

“Ever since the BJP-led NDA government has taken power in Uttarakhand, there were attacks on Muslim minority that created communal tension in the hill town,” reports added.

 

Image Courtesy: Hindustan Times

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