Asking the Nehru family scion and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi to stop spreading fake news about Tripura communal clashes, the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) asked him not to play with fire.
On Tuesday (October 26), Hindus in Tripura had organised Aakrosh Rally to protest the Islamist attack on Hindus in Bangladesh. One such rally in Panisagar, where more than 50 percent were women in the rally, was attacked by Muslims.
The Islamists started spreading fake news that one mosque in Panisagar was attacked and vandalised by Hindus.
Dr. Surendra Jain, Joint General Secretary of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) said, “It’s very old tactic of Islamists. First they will indulge in violence and then play victim card.”
He added, “In Tripura’s Panisagar case too, mosque was not attacked. On the contrary, the attack on the rally was launched from the mosque.”
“During yesterday's protest rally in Panisagar, North Tripura, no masjid was burnt and the pictures being shared of burning or damaged masjid or collection of sticks etc are all fake and are not from Tripura. They may be of some countries”, The Tripura Police had said on October 27.
Rahul Gandhi, on October 28, well after the Tripura Police has busted the fake news, posted a comment on social media saying Muslims in Tripura were under attack.
The Tripura Police, in a series of Tweets, busted the fake news about attack on Panisagar mosque.
It said “Certain persons by using fake social media IDs are spreading fake news/rumours on Tripura. It is informed that law & order situation in the State is absolutely normal.”
“Some vested interests are trying to disturb the peaceful communal situation of Tripura. Tripura Police requests every citizen of Tripura to help it in maintaining law and order and peace in Tripura”, the Tripura Police added.
The Islamists in Bangladesh spread fake news on October 13 that Quran has been desecrated in one of the Durga Pooja Pandals. Muslim mobs started attacking the pooja pandals, temples and Hindu houses.
On October 15, when Hindus were celebrating Dussehra, a Muslim mob of more than 200 people attacked the ISKCON temple in Noakhali.
In the anti-Hindu violence in Bangladesh, more than 15 Hindus lost their lives and many properties were destroyed.
The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) had demanded the Union government to talk sternly with the Bangladesh government and send a fact-finding team of Members of Parliament (MPs).
It had also asked the international organisations like United Nations, European Union and UNHRC to send delegations to Bangladesh to assess the situation on the ground.