Opposition Condemns Assault on Muslim Clerics in UP Train

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The three men (maulvis) had boarded a train at Delhi on Wednesday night for their village in Baghpat. — File photo

There is jungle raj in UP. All governments are bound by our Constitution to ensure the safety of all citizens. This hate being fuelled by Sangh ideology will only hurt everyone, said CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury

Caravan News

NEW DELHI — Opposition parties have strongly condemned the shocking assault on three Muslim clerics in a running train in Baghpat of Uttar Pradesh. They also expressed deep concern on the growing trend of mob violence against backward classes and minorities.

“(There is) jungle raj in UP. All governments are bound by our Constitution to ensure the safety of all citizens. This hate being fuelled by Sangh ideology will only hurt everyone,” said CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury while reacting on the Wednesday night incident.

Three Muslim clerics had boarded a local train in Delhi to reach their homes in Baghpat. Minutes before they were to alight from the train at a station near their village in Baghpat, half a dozen fellow passengers bolted the doors from inside and started beating them without any provocation. Some media reports said that the attackers vented their hatred against the apparent Muslim appearance of the victims, especially their headdress.

Every day one or the other incident occurs about beating, lynching & killing of people belonging to under privileged classes, minorities & so on. Again 3 Muslim men thrashed on train near Baghpat. Worried as to where this country is heading,” tweeted senior politician Sharad Yadav.

What is our Republic reduced to? Where Goonda Raj prevails rather than rule of law. Where journalists, filmmakers, rationalists, liberals, indeed dissent itself is under attack…

Former chief minister of Rajasthan and currently General Secretary of Congress, Ashok Gehlot demanded immediate arrest of the attackers.

I condemn the attack on Muslims in a train near #Baghpat. The culprits must be arrested asap. Some anti-social elements are trying to create an environment of fear. The government must take all steps to curb such incidents, which vitiate communal harmony,” he said.

Senior human rights lawyer Prashant Bhushan said: “What is our Republic reduced to? Where Goonda Raj prevails rather than rule of law. Where journalists, filmmakers, rationalists, liberals, indeed dissent itself is under attack…”

The Baghpat incident occurred exactly five months after a 16-year-old boy Hafiz Junaid Khan was stabbed to death in a running train in Haryana. He was returning from Delhi after Eid shopping on June 23.

Uttar Pradesh is undergoing local body elections, first phase of which was held in 24 districts on Wednesday (Nov 22). The second and third phase will be on Nov 26 and 29 Nov respectively and votes will be counted on Dec 1.

This election is said to be the first big test of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s popularity and work since he assumed office in March 2017.

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