New Delhi, April 15 (KMS): Panic has gripped the Muslim community in Madhya Pradesh after targeted attacks against the community last Sunday during the Hindu festival Ram Navami rally in Khargone city of the state.
A Delhi-based news portal the Muslim Mirror reported that the residents of old city of Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, are facing sleepless nights following the announcement of rally by the Hindutva organization, Pramod Hindu, on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti on Saturday (April 16, 2022).
The Hanuman Jayanti rally has not been granted any police permission yet, but hoardings, billboards, banners have come up in Bhopal. The banners have asked “Hindus to participate in large numbers” which has created panic among the residents of Muslim-dominated areas of the designated route.
The coordinator of Barkatullah Youth Forum, Anas Ali, was quoted by the report as saying, “The procession will coincide with the time of evening prayers of the Muslim community. Bhopal is an example for the entire nation when it comes to communal harmony.” Ali had filed a complaint at the office of commissioner of police against Pramod Hindu for trying to incite violence.
Meanwhile, Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) has submitted a memorandum through its state secretary to Home Secretary to government of MP and Bhopal Police Commissioner apprehending breach of peace following the procession of Hanuman Jayanti by Hindu organizations on April 16.
The memorandum said the timing of the rally has been deliberately fixed in the evening which is the time just before ‘Iftar’ (breaking of fast) during this month of Ramadan. Before “Iftar”, in Muslim-dominated areas small kiosks and hand-carts spring up on both sides of road doing brisk of business of “Iftari” articles wherein people come out to buy fruits and other essential items for their family.