Communal clashes reported in several parts of Madhya Pradesh after members of Hindutva groups such as Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal took out rallies for creating awareness about the fund collection campaign for the proposed Ram temple at Ayodhya.
The first incident was reported from Dorona village in the Mandsaur district. According to the report on The Indian express, some local residents claimed that those participating in the rally chanted Hanuman Chalisa outside the mosque while prayers were being offered inside. The situation turned violent when some of them – holding saffron flags and chanting “ Jai Shri Ram” slogans – climbed atop the mosque and tried to damage the minaret. Videos of the incident showed The Hindu outfit members also trying to burn down a house and damaging several vehicles.
According to police few men climbed atop a local mosque and raised a saffron flag on the structure. This incident was captured in a viral video shot during the rally. “There was no damage to the shrine. The police immediately swung into action and removed those who were atop the shrine”. Mandsaur Superintendent of police Siddharth Choudhary told the press.
The incidents on Mandsaur and Indore on Tuesday occurred days after stone-pelting during a similar rally in Ujjain’s Begum Bagh on December 25. Over 10 people were injured in the incident. A total of 15 people have been arrested, of whom five have been booked under the National Security Act and 10 others have been booked for attempt to murder and rioting. All the 15 arrested are residents of Begum Bagh. No one from among those who took out the rally has been arrested so far.
This happened in Chandankhedi, Indore, MP.
A Mosque was vandalized by a Hindutva mob, mob is shouting "Jai Sri Ram" slogans.
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Superintendent of Police Satyendra Kumar Shukla said three or four people were seen pelting stones and they are in the process of being identified. “ the house that was demolished by the revenue department was of an individual who had resorted to stone pelting,” said Shukla.
Responding to questions on the demolition drive carried out in Ujjain at the home of a Muslim resident, who was allegedly caught on camera pelting stones during the clashes, Madhya Pradesh Home minister Narottam Mishra said on Tuesday: “ Jahan se pathar aaenge, Wahin se toh nikale jaaenge (The direction from where the stones come, that decides the eviction).
Begum Bagh is a locality near Ujjain’s famous Mahakal temple where several Muslim organisations staged a sit-in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in January and February.
The clashes went on till Tuesday and senior officials such as collector Manish Singh and senior superintendent of police Harinarayan Chari Mishra were at the spot to control the situation.
The Indore collector imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 of the code of criminal procedure, ANI reported. The orders were imposed in Gram Panchayats of Chandan khedi, Dharmat, Rudrakhya, Sunala, Dudhakhedi and Municipal Councils of Gautampura and Sanwer