THREAT TO INSTALL KRISHNA IDOL IN MATHURA MOSQUE

The Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha has announced that it will install an idol of Krishna at the deity’s ‘actual birthplace’, which it claims is in the mosque known as Shahi Idgah Masjid in Mathura, The Indian Express reported on November 17. Hindu Mahasabha leader Rajyashri Choudhary said the idol will be installed after a ‘maha jalabhishek’ on December 6 to “purify” the place. The date picked by the right-wing organisation marks the demolition in 1992 of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, the site of a temple-mosque dispute. The Mahasabha threat to perform the ritual inside the Shahi Idgah comes at a time when the local courts are hearing a series of petitions seeking the “removal” of the 17th century mosque, close to the Katra Keshav Dev temple. Hindu Mahasabha leader Rajyashri Choudhary, however, denied there was any link between the 1992 event and organisation’s Mathura plan.

MUSLIMS WILL SUFFER IF CAA IS NOT WITHDRAWN: ARSHAD MADANI

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the repealing of the three Central farm laws, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind national president Maulana Arshad Madani on November 20 said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act should also be repealed otherwise the Muslim community will have to bear its brunt. While interacting with media in Kanpur, Madani said, “We think that (CAA-NRC) is concerned with nationality and Muslims will have to bear its brunt. Power of public strongest, so this (CAA) should also be repealed.” He congratulated the farmers who continued their protest, and said, “Similarly, we want the government to roll back the Act that is going to hurt Muslims. They too are citizens of India just like others. If they’re affected, the government should feel it in a similar manner.”

SC RESTRAINS TRIPURA POLICE FROM COERCIVE STEPS

The Supreme Court on November 17 ordered that no coercive steps including arrest should be taken against two lawyers and one journalist, who were booked under the draconian anti-terror law Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) by the Tripura police over their social media posts and reports about the recent communal violence which took place in the state. A Bench comprising the Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Surya Kant passed the order while issuing notice in the writ petition filed by two lawyers Mr Mukesh and Mr Ansarul Haq Ansar and journalist Shyam Meera Singh seeking to quash the UAPA FIR. The petitioners have also challenged the constitutional validity of Section 2(1)(o) (which defines “unlawful activity), Section 13(punishment for unlawful activity) and 43D(5) (restrictions on grant of bail) of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

NO NAMAZ IN GURUGRAM’S GURUDWARAS YET

On Friday (November 19), as news spread of offers by five gurudwaras in Gurugram to allow the city’s Muslims the opportunity say their weekly prayers on their premises, Hindutva groups launched a campaign to “remind the gurudwara’s committee members of what the Mughals did with Sikh gurus”. They also urged Sikhs to remove members of the gurudwara committee who had made the offer to Muslims in the first place. By the end of the day, despite the well-publicised initiative by the gurudwaras, namaz was not held at any of the city’s Sikh shrines. A representative of one gurudwara committee said that a decision would be made later about holding next week’s prayers at the complex. Altaf Ahmad, co-founder of Gurugram Nagrik Ekta Manch, an organisation involved in local peace-building efforts, said that Muslims were unable to pray in the city’s gurudwaras because Hindutva leaders “were waiting outside to disturb communal harmony”.

SHOPS BELONGING TO MUSLIMS BURNT DURING BANDH IN AMRAVATI

Two shops belonging to Muslims were burnt during a shutdown observed by the Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra’s Amravati city on November 13. The BJP observed the bandh in response to a protest staged by a Muslim organisation a day earlier against the recent communal violence in Tripura. The protestors had allegedly thrown stones at BJP leader Pravin Pote’s home. On the same day, 6,000 workers of the BJP and Hindutva groups Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad assembled at Rajkamal Chowk in Amravati reportedly on Pote’s instructions, according to The Indian Express. “A section of this crowd turned violent, burnt two shops, damaged some other shops, burnt vehicles,” an unidentified police officer told the newspaper. One of the shops burnt during the violence had been running since 1970 and belonged to a man named Shadab Khan. The businessman blamed Pote, the BJP leader, for his loss.

IN 7 YEARS, 10,552 INDIANS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED UNDER UAPA

Mohammed Ilyas, 38, and Mohammed Irfan, 33, were arrested in August 2012 by Maharashtra’s Anti-Terrorist Squad under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (among other charges) and accused of being linked to terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba. After being in jail for nine years, they were cleared of all charges by court, owing to lack of evidence, and released in June. This is neither the first time or the last that the Act has made headlines for alleged wrongful arrest. Each year (between 2014 and 2020), on average, 985 cases under UAPA are registered and the number of pending cases rise by 14.38% every year. Moreover, an average of 40.58% of the cases up for investigation in the seven years was sent for trial and 4.5% of them are completed, a report said on November 15.

SIX HINDUTVA ACTIVISTS HELD FOR ATTACKING STUDENTS

Six members of a Hindutva outfit were arrested for alleged moral policing in Surathkal, on the outskirts of Mangaluru city, a report said on November 17. The arrested have been identified as Prahlad Acharya, Prashanth Acharya, Guru Prasad, Prathish Acharya, Bharat Shetty and Sukesh. The incident occurred at around 10.30 pm in Surathkal. The victim, Mohammad Yaseen, a BSc student of a private college at Mukka, was on his way to an apartment complex on his bike along with his college-mate Ancy Vinny Dias, as the latter had requested him to drop her since it was late in the night. Two of the accused allegedly followed them and summoned the remaining accused. When the victims reached their location, they were waylaid and abused. The accused, according to the police, also issued death threats to the victims.

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