Hindu mobs in India burn mosques, mosque imams become victims

Warta9.com – Thursday (3/8/2023), The situation in Gurgoan Inida City continued to escalate. The reason is, a group of right-wing Hindus set fire and opened fire on a mosque in Gurgaon, Tuesday (1/8/2023).

As a result of the incident in the city of Gurgoan, which is located southwest of New Delhi, northern India, one imam of the mosque was declared dead and another was injured.

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From the results of police identification, the victim was named Maulana Saad (19), imam of the Jama Anjuman mosque located in Sector 57 Gurugram. It is known, at the time of the incident there were three other people, one of whom was injured and two others were not injured.

The mosque was attacked by a mob on Tuesday morning. This incident came hours after the deadly communal violence in Nuh district in northern Haryana state.

“A group of 50 to 60 criminals carried out shooting and arson in Anjum in the early hours of Tuesday, which led to the death of one person and wounding of others,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Nitish Agarwal told reporters, as reported by Al Jazeera. , Thursday (3/8/2023).

“We have arrested several persons, registered an FIR (police report) against them and have launched an investigation into the incident,” added Agarwal.

Gurugram remained tense throughout the day as mobs roamed the streets, burning second-hand shops and vandalizing small restaurants, most of which belonged to Muslim residents.

This comes as right-wing Hindu groups allied with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been campaigning against Friday prayers in Gurugram. The Anjuman Mosque is one of the few officially recognized places for prayer.

The incident followed violent clashes between the Hindu and Muslim communities in Noah, during which authorities imposed a curfew. At least four people, including two police officers, were killed in clashes in the Noah district. The violence erupted when a Hindu religious procession passed through the Muslim-majority area.

“The procession was meant to move from one temple to another, but clashes broke out between two groups in the street, resulting in the death of four people,” Krishan Kumar, a spokesman for Noah’s police, told Reuters news agency.

He said two of those killed were members of the house guard, a voluntary force that helps police control civil unrest. Ten other police personnel were injured in the clashes, Kumar added.

The Press Trust of India news agency reported that several cars were even set on fire and stones were thrown at police, and the state government called for additional troops to contain the situation.

Police used tear gas and fired shots into the air to disperse the crowds. Meanwhile authorities have suspended internet services in the area and banned large gatherings.

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