Four Muslim youths, including two students, were arrested by the Madhya Pradesh Police and sent to jail over allegations of Love jihad and also for attending a college’s Garba event in Indore on Sunday. The Police action came following accusations by Hindu right-wing members of Bajarang Dal claiming that Muslim men’s were promoting love jihad at the event.
Following the allegations love jihad, the Bajraang Dal members were allegedly catch them and handed them over to the police. They objected to their entry into the event. After being publicly humiliated, the Muslim youths were taken to Gandhi Nagar police station, where the police arrested them on charges of creating public nuisance and violation of Covid protocols.
A video of the Garba event is rounding on all social media platforms. It can be seen in the video that the right-wing outfit dragging all four Muslim youths their collars and taking them outside college premises in the presence of Akshay Tiwari.
While two of them, Adnan Shah and Kadir Mansoori, study at the college, Umar Khalid and Sayyad Sakib are their friends.
Love jihad, a term used by the right-wing to accuse Muslim men of tricking Hindu women into relationships for the purpose of converting them.
The police said they were in preventive arrests after clashes at the college’s Garba event. Malharganj SDM Parag Jain said they were sent to jail as the families failed to pay Rs 50,000 of bail bond, the uncle of one of them said they were kept in the dark on the matter. A magistrate ordered the release of Adnan Shah, Mohammad Umar, Abdul Qadir and Syed Saqib after they submitted bonds of Rs 50,000 each.
However, there is no action has been taken against the right-wing group Bajrang Dal, which is linked to the state’s ruling BJP. Apart from charging a fine for violating Covid norms, there were no action has been taken against the school administration for arranging such an event where Covid protocols were broken.
Earlier in the day, controversial posters banning non-Hindus into the events were seen outside various colleges in another part of Madhya Pradesh.
In a police complaint, a Bajrang Dal leader, Tarun Devda, said that the district administration had permitted only 800 persons at the Garba event but the organisers turned it into a commercial event by selling tickets. He also accused the college of encouraging Muslims to attend a Garba event.
Madhya Pradesh has reported half a dozen cases of atrocities against minorities in the last week – 2 in Indore, one each in Datia, Khandwa, Neemuch and Jhabua and it was one of among those. However, in all the cases, 19 members of the minority community have been booked so far under various charges, and 12 have been arrested.
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