RANCHI – After a grievous attack on a mosque in a village in Koderma in Jharkhand state, during which Muslim worshippers were badly injured by Hinduva goons during a Ram Navmi procession, no arrests have been made against the culprits, reported Urdu Daily Inquilab.
The only guilt of the faithful inside the mosque was that they had dared to ignore the dictates of Hindutva goons not to go to the mosque that day. The Muslims did not only attend the mosque, they also gave Azan (call for prayers) and offered Asar and Maghreb prayers.
Convenor of Insaf India Mustaqeem Siddiqui said: ‘The mosque does not even fall on the assigned route for the procession of Ram Navmi. It is about 50 ft away in the interior.”
“Police came on Saturday to arrest some of the key accused and held two of them but the miscreants took the police as hostage after which they were forced to flee to save their own lives,” he added.
Jamiatul Ulema-e-Hind General Secretary Maulana Abu Bakar said, “The miscreants entered the mosque with a saffron flag, shouted ‘Jai Sri Ram, attacked the worshipers and badly injured the Imam Maulana Maqbool Ahmad.”
He added, “The trouble makers have been targeting Muslims in areas where they are in a small minority and are financially vulnerable. The Jamiat has sent relief to the village. At the moment the situation is calm but tense and Muslims are living in fear.”
The Hindutva elements had vehemently opposed the construction of a mosque in the area but Muslims succeeded in building one.
When the Inquilab reporter contacted Superintendent of Police Surendra Kumar Jha on telephone, he denied that that such an assault on the mosque had even taken place.
According to Mustaqeem, however, attackers had entered the mosque and attacked the worshipers. “It was the police personnel, deployed for the Ram Navmi procession, who had themselves informed the local police station about the incident,” he added.
The SSP called the occurrence “a small incident in which no sharp weapons or sword and lathi danda were not used.”
He said, “Cases have been registered against three groups for provocation, incitement of religious hatred and violence but no one has been arrested.”
The SSP is also quoted to have said, “Four Muslims and three Hindus had been admitted in the City Civil Hospital all of whom have been discharged and only an elderly Muslim is still receiving treatment in the hospital.”
The SSP claimed that members of both communities live in the village in harmony but could not answer why cases were registered against Muslims who had been attacked. “They reacted with violence because of which cases had been registered against them as well.”
He said the injured victims were first taken to the local hospital but when they said they were not equipped to treat them, they were transferred Ranchi Institute of Medical Sciences.
According to the daily there are ten families of Muslims in the village four of which have already migrated.