Hindu mischief-mongers attacked the Apnapally mosque situated 6 kms from Mahbubnagar District last week on a false pretext of avenge. They assaulted a group of Tableeghi workers present in the mosque, accusing them of being involved in causing damage to a temple located nearby. The Tableeghi members were locked inside the mosque while the trouble makers went on a rampage, destroying and vandalising the house of God.
The police, most disturbingly, chose to remain mute spectators even after reaching the spot, turning a blind eye to the vandals, while letting the bewildered group stay locked in. Muslim leaders who reached the site were not allowed into the premises by the police, neither were journalists from the Urdu press, although the police did let Telugu presspersons in. The Tableeghi workers were taken into custody and shifted to the Jadcherla PS. The blatant bias displayed by the police in handling the event has deeply upset the Muslim community, and tension prevails in Mahbubnagar. The culprits are at large, while the Tableeghi group has not been let off even three days after the incident.
Expressing deep dismay at the event, Zonal President Jamaat-e-Islami AP & Orissa Malik Motasim Khan called for strict action against the elements who played havoc in the mosque, destroying the mosque property, harming and misbehaving with the Muslim men and women of the locality. He was distressed at the fact that the temple vandalism had been attributed to respectable members of an Islamic organisation without the slightest shred of proof. He said this was a blow to inter-communal relationships because it depicts in what light Muslims and their patriotism is being considered in India.