Raichur: Bajrangdal activists attacked a mosque, threw copies of Quran, mikes and set of mats and other items on fire at a mosque in Raichur district's Talekan village in Maski taluk. The incident came to light lately.
A terror attack had taken place on Indian soldiers at Pulwama in Kashmir on February 14. Accusing some Muslim youths of celebrating the terror attack, the Bajrangdal activists thronged into a mosque and threw off copies of Holy Quran, mikes and set mats and other items on fire.
They then lodged a complaint with the police alleging that the Pakistan Zindabad slogans were raised and soldiers' death was celebrated. Following which, a case was registered under Section 147 of the IPC, including Section 25/2019, 143, 147, 120 (A) 153 (A) and 504. Based on this, the Maski police have reportedly arrested six Muslim youths.
Even after the incident, Bajrangdal activists continued to bolster the protest and demanded to book sedition case against the arrested youths. It is learnt that activists gave a call to boycott trade with Muslims and not to give even a drop of water to them. They also blocked Muslims from coming to Namaz.
The Maski police, on February 24, registered a case against Bajrangdal workers as well, for destroying various materials at the mosque. The case was registered under Section 149, 147, 427, 435, 295, and 149 and nine workers were taken into custody. However, the Bajrangdal activists were reportedly released without any punishment.
After this, they again attacked an old man Hussein Saab, who was returning from the mosque on April 9. Around 10 Bajrang Dal activists allegedly attacked Hussein Saab, used foul language, thrashed him and also threatened him to leave the village. A case has been registered against Vishwanath, Kanteppa, PB Basappa and five others under section 149 IPC, including Section 143, 147, 341, 504, 323, 506 at the Maski Police Station.
A delegation of the Raichur district SDPI visited the superintendent of police and demanded immediate arrest of the accused who threatened to leave the village. It sought stringent action against the culprits and requested to restore communal harmony in the village.
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New Delhi, Dec 16: Congress leaders led by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra held a sit-in at the India Gate on Monday in a show of solidarity with the students from Jamia Millia Islamia and several other universities across the country protesting the contentious amended citizenship law.
The Congress general secretary was joined by leaders like Ahmed Patel, A K Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Randeep Singh Surjewala, besides hundreds of party workers.
Before sitting on the dharna at the India Gate lawns, Priyanka Gandhi cited Delhi Police action against Jamia university students to hit out at the Modi government, saying the atmosphere in the country has become "bad".
"The country's atmosphere is bad. Police is entering university to beat up (students). The government has tinkered with the Constitution. We will fight for the Constitution," she said.
Congress spokesperson Surjewala said the two-hour protest, which began at 4 pm, is to express solidarity with students from Jamia Millia Islamia University and other places.
Thousands of students across India took to the streets demanding a probe into the use of teargas inside the Jamia library as well as police entering the campus without permission from university authorities on Sunday.
Jamia turned into a battlefield on Sunday as police entered the campus after a protest against the amended citizenship law near the varsity turned violent.
Earlier, Congress and several opposition political parties condemned the alleged police "brutality" against students of Jamia and demanded a judicial inquiry into it.
"How could the police enter Jamia and unleash such brutality on the students when the university authorities did not allow the police to enter it," Azad asked.
At a press conference, Congress leaders Azad and Kapil Sibal, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI's D Raja, RJD's Manoj Jha, SP's Javed Ali Khan and Sharad Yadav condemned Sunday's police action against Jamia students.
Azad also rejected the charges levelled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Congress was behind the violent protests. "It is wrong to make such accusations and we condemn it," he said.
Yechury demanded a probe by a Supreme Court judge in the incident. "Whoever gave the permission to allow the police to enter the Jamia campus should be brought to book and punished," he said.
He said it was not a Hindu-Muslim issue and asked people not to fall prey to rumours as the act was an affront to the Constitution.
"It is the ruling party and Government of India which are behind the violence. Had the government not brought in this law, there would not have been such violence. It is the prime minister, home minister and the Cabinet who are responsible for this violence" he alleged.
Raja said that those who gave the orders for police entry in Jamia should be brought to book.