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India: Communalist violence on the increase

Wednesday 30 March 2022, by siawi3


Damned if you do, damned if you don’t! Muslim man lynched for chanting ’Jai Shri Ram’ in UP?

The victim, Babur, resident of Kushinagar, was allegedly beaten to death by neighbours for supporting Bharatiya Janata Party’s Assembly win


28 Mar 2022



A Muslim man, identified as Babur, was allegedly killed by his neighbours who were angry that he was a supporter of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The incident was reported from Kushinagar district of Uttar Pradesh, and the victim was a resident of Kathgarhi village under Ramkola Police Station. He was reportedly “distributing sweets” to celebrate BJP’s poll win when he was attacked on March 20.

According to a report in India Today, Babur was returning from his shop, and chanted ’Jai Shri Ram’ which allegedly made his neighbours angry. They then allegedly thrashed Babur. According to the report, Babur’s wife Fatima told the police that her husband “ran to the roof of his house to save his life” but the accused people followed him and threw him off it. His mother, Zebunnisa, added the family took him to a local hospital, which referred him to the district hospital and then to Lucknow where he succumbed to his injuries.

According to the news report Babur’s neighbours were allegedly angry that he was a BJP supporter, and on March 10 had distributed sweets in the locality, to celebrate the party’s victory. Babur family claimed that their neighbours had “repeatedly warned him about not supporting the BJP”, and that they [Babur’s family] had even approached the Ramkola Police Station to report that “Babur was threatened by their neighbours”.

The family told the media that claimed that the police did not take cognisance of their appeal, and the negligence led to Babur’s death. An FIR has been registered based on his wife Fatima’s complaint. Two persons have been arrested so far, they have been identified as Tahid and Arif.

Meanwhile the killing has been noted by the ruling BJP, and MLA PN Pathak met Babur’s family and assured them of justice, he also participated in his last rites. According to news reports Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath has directed that the police “take strict action” against the accused, adding that the government stands by the bereaved family.

According to a report in India TV Danish Ansari, the sole Muslim Minister in Adityanath government, said the government will “soon announce a relief package for the family.” According to news reports, the negligence of the police as alleged by the family will also be investigated. Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Varun Kumar Pandey told the media that they were “informed that the victim had complained about death threats, but no action was taken then. An FIR has been registered. We are investigating the matter.”



West Bengal: Muslim mason allegedly lynched by Hindutva mob

Sekh Poltu was allegedly choked by stuffing sand into his mouth


26 Mar 2022


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A closer look at the photo of a young man lying dead reveals horrific details of what his last moments would have been like. There is sand on his shirt, as if it spilled out from his mouth as he struggled to take a breath.

According to social media handles, the man is a victim of a communal hate attack. He was identified as Sekh Poltu, 32, a Muslim mason, from Midnapur, West Bengal. He was reportedly attacked on March 16, allegedly by a Hindutva mob, that then stuffed sand down his throat and beat him up ruthlessly. The victim succumbed.

Freelance journalist SA Rahman shared on Twitter that an Indian Army soldier on leave, allegedly led the lynch mob that attacked Poltu. It has not been confirmed by authorities if the soldier has been arrested yet.



UP Man Says Miscreants Called Him ’Chamar’, Carved a Trident With Acid on His Forehead

The victim has claimed that his family has been receiving threats. Police have said no acid was used and Holi colours had reacted on his face.
UP Man Says Miscreants Called Him ’Chamar’, Carved a Trident With Acid on His Forehead

Aadesh of Saharanpur, who has alleged he was branded with a trident sign on Holi. Photo: Video screengrab
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New Delhi: A man in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur has alleged that a trident was carved onto his forehead on the day of Holi, March 18, by people who called him a casteist slur and were enraged because he came in contact with alcohol glasses.

Journalist Piyush Rai tweeted a video clip in which the alleged victim, Aadesh, is seen and heard speaking to microphones set up by local news channels.

Rai notes in his Twitter thread that Aadesh cited an incident with alcohol glasses as having enraged the miscreants who allegedly carved the trident on his forehead.

In the clip Aadesh is heard saying that he is a resident of Kanshiram Colony. “This happened at 10.30 am on the morning of the 18th. Sir, I was called on the phone to come for 10 minutes. I reached, and he said, ‘Do some work for me, there are three or four glasses here, pick them up and wash them. After washing them when I went to fetch water, my foot hit glasses with alcohol.”

Aadesh added that a man called Tinku hit him on his eye first. “I asked, ‘Why are you beating me?’ They said, ‘You’ll know.’ Three or four of them held me, choked me and said, ‘He is of chamar caste. Give him such a lesson and leave such a sign that he never forgets all his life.”

Aadesh then said that they used acid to carve the trident on his forehead. “Even though I was writhing in pain, they did not spare me. They spoke of dripping acid into my eye, ‘So he can’t see, give him a big enough sign’…I know Tinku’s name among them, but there were four or five men, I don’t know all of their names,” Aadesh said, adding that they looked like gangsters, were gamblers and were originally from Meerut.

Aadesh noted that authorities were not responsive to his situation. His mother and sisters have been repeatedly threatened, he said.

When journalists asked Saharanpur Police about Aadesh’s situation, SSP Akash Tomar said investigations had revealed that the alleged victim was drinking alcohol on the day of Holi with his two friends. “After that the three smeared colours on each other. The colours reacted and this is visible on the faces of all three. We did medical tests on all three and no acid was detected on any of them,” the policeman said.

“Later we found that Aadesh had borrowed Rs 10,000 from his friends. He is now levelling false accusations against them so that he doesn’t have to pay the money back,” Tomar added.



Hate Speech
Hate Watch: ‘Swami’ Sanjay Prabhakaranand twists patriotic song into hate noise

The song, “Aao Bachcho Tumhen Dikhayen” is now worded to verbally abuse Mamata Banerjee and target Muslims


26 Mar 2022

Hate watch


A man identified as ‘Swami’ Sanjay Prabhakaranand, a katha vachak or story teller, in this case religious discourse giver, has plagiarised and mangled a popular patriotic song film song Aao Bachcho Tumhen Dikhayen from the 1954 movie Jagriti, to create his own ‘hate song’. He has been singing this anti-Muslim song that calls for violence and hate against Muslims, with a focus on West Bengal using the vile lyrics for a year now.

One such version uploaded on a YouTube channel called TV News Virus, has him singing this claiming “पश्चिम बंगाल में ममता सरकार के राज्य में जिस तरह से हिंसा की घटनाएं लगातार बढ़ी है ऐसे में एक संत महात्मा का यह पैरोडी भजन काफी कुछ हकीकत बयां करने वाला है वायरल भजन में सुनिए क्या है पश्चिम बंगाल के हिंसा का सच" (Translation: Mamata Government of West Bengal has witnessed an increase in violence, and this ‘saint’s’ ‘parody bhajan is citing facts).

The song, has one again resurfaced and is doing rounds of Whatsapp groups in the wake of recent incidents of violence in the state, where the victim was in fact identified as Muslim. “Kashmir na banne do hargiz logon Bangal ko, darron na..jaago… niklo, kaato Makkah ke janlaal ko… band karo bhashan lao rashrtapti shasan,” he sings asking people to be violent towards followers of Islam and demanding President’s rule. He then abuses West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as a ‘churdail’ or witch and calls her anti-Hindu and a lover of Muslims.

He is reportedly a resident of Delhi and in this song asks Prime Minister Modi to intervene in this “Dharma Yudh” and bring in President’s rule in West Bengal. His songs and claims are shared widely on multiple YouTube channels and also on his own Facebook page: Swami Sanjay Prabhakaranand.

Aao Bachcho Tumhen Dikhayen, was a popular patriotic song from the 1954 movie Jagriti. It was written by Kavi Pradeep, set to music by Hemant Kumar and sung by Adinath Mangeshkar and Lata Mangeshkar. To fuel his hate agenda afresh, this version of the song where he destroys the innocence of the original, is now being circulated afresh. The original was once sung and performed during school functions on Republic Day, Independence day etc. originally filmed as a part of a scene where a teacher is taking young school boys on a school trip in a train and they sing this as the countryside flashes by from the window. The teacher sings about various national heroes across time, who hail from various parts of India. The song sought to inspire as well as share moments of India’s history and unity in diversity citing various acts of patriotism and valour by women and men of different regions and religions. It also speaks about the diversity of the land itself from south to north and west to east, haling the seas, rivers, mountains and forests, all diverse and all together as a united India. The patriotic slogans of ‘Vande Mataram” in the innocent voices of children sound both sweet and inspirational, unlike now, when that slogan itself is used by right-wing mobs as a war cry against minorities.