A slew of violent attacks on Ram Navami processions and law enforcers, and temples across the country betrays Islamists’ sinister bid to create social unrest in the country. Predictably, the Left-liberal ecosystem peddled the ‘victimhood narrative’ and unleashed a global media campaign, despite massive onslaught on Hindus
On April 10, as the world celebrated Ram Navami, radical Islamists staged a series of coordinated attacks on Hindu processions in many States for worshipping their Gods and carrying out the Shobha Yatra.
On the occasion of Ram Navami, Hindu processions in Karnataka, Gujarat, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, and Madhya Pradesh witnessed heavy stone-pelting, arson, and even attempts to attack Hindu houses by radical Muslims. In West Bengal, a procession organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) was hurled with stones near Fazir Bazar, Howrah. However, instead of taking stringent action against the stone-pelters, the West Bengal police lathi-charged the devotees.
After stone-pelting and vandalism, there was also a lot of anger among the devotees as the procession of the deity was pelted with stones. A large number of police personnel have been deployed to control the situation and prevent any further violence.
Communal Clashes in MP
An incident of violence broke out after people allegedly hurled stones at a Ram Navami procession, objecting to loud music in Khargone. The violence occurred in the Talab Chowk area. Subsequently, clashes broke out in the Gaushala Marg, Tabadi Chowk, Sanjay Nagar and Motipura areas of the city. Twenty four people were injured in the violence, including police personnel. At least 10 houses were also burnt during the clashes. SP Siddharth Choudhary was injured. It has been said that bullets have been fired in riots. Curfew was imposed in some parts of Khargone and Section 144 imposed.
Ram Navami procession was reportedly attacked in the Sendhwa town of the Barwani district. First incident of violence took place in Bargaon and later clashes were reported from other areas of the town, including Jai Hind Chowk and Kranti Chowk. Seven people, including two police personnel, were injured.
Mayhem In Jharkhand
More than 16 people were injured in clashes in Bhokta Bagicha in Hirhi village in Lohardaga district on April 10. Four people are said to be in serious condition. Ten motorcycles and a pick-up van were reportedly set on fire during the violence. Section 144 was imposed.
“Many of the injured are residents of Hendlaso Kujra and nearby villages,” recounted an eyewitness. According to the senior surgeon (Lohardaga Sadar hospital) Dr Shamu Chaudhary, around 15-16 people were admitted to the hospital. “Three of them have cuts in their throats with sharp-edged weapons and their condition is critical,” he added.
Bengal Police Attacks Hindu Victims
The Ram Navami procession in Howrah in West Bengal was attacked by radicals, and the devotees had to abandon the procession. Several participants of the procession were injured in the attack including stone-pelting.
Several videos were posted on social media, showing the Ram Navami Shobha Yatra coming under attack in Howrah. The procession was organised by Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal. It was started by the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur. However, the procession was attacked in the midway near Fazir Bazar on GT Road in Shibpur.
Priyanka Sharma, West Bengal BJYM Vice-President, alleged that after the attack, police had lathi-charged the Hindu procession, and later arrested them, but didn’t take action against the attackers.
The violence also took place in the Manchantala area of Bankura city. Bricks were hurled at the procession.
Muslim Goons Disrupt Peace in Gujarat
A Ram Navami Shobha Yatra organised on the occasion of Ram Navami at Chhaparia village in Himmatnagar, Sabarkantha in Gujarat was targeted by local Muslim goons and stones were pelted at it. Apart from stone-pelting, some vehicles were also vandalised in this incident. The incident happened in the afternoon when the Ram Navami procession was passing through a Muslim-majority locality named Chhapariya.
After stone-pelting and vandalism, tension and unrest prevailed in the entire area. There was also a lot of anger among the devotees as the procession of the deity was pelted with stones.
A 65-year-old-man, Kanhaiyalal Rana, also died after being severely injured in stone pelting by Muslims in Khambat town of Anand district. One more person was also injured in the clashes, and some shops were allegedly set on fire. The police brought the situation under control using tear gas shells. Gujarat Police arrested 9 people in connection with violence and stone-pelting. Section 144 was imposed.
According to a local, even petrol bombs were hurled during the violence by the Muslim mob. In a new development, it has been learnt that the Hindu population in Himmatnagar’s Vanzara Vaas area have left their homes following a threat to their lives due to communal violence. This comes days after a Muslim mob attacked and pelted stones at Hindus.
Around 70 to 80 households have critically suffered by the clashes that broke in the area on the eve of Ram Navami. Unrest and tensions have marked the area after a prolonged two-hour stone-pelting by local Muslim groups from neighbouring Channagar have terrorised the local Hindu population.
Targeting Shobha Yatra Down South
Communal tensions prevailed in Mulbagal town of Kolar district of Karnataka after a Sri Ram Shobha Yatra was attacked using stones. The incident happened on Friday night when the Shobha Yatra was being taken out ahead of Ram Navami on April 10. Stones were pelted at the Sri Ram idol which was carried out in the procession. Cars and motorcycles that were part of the Yatra were also attacked by the miscreants and a motorcycle was set ablaze by the stone-pelting mob.
Several videos were posted on social media, showing the Ram Navami Shobha Yatra coming under attack in Howrah. The procession was organised by Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal. It was started by the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur. However, the procession was attacked in the midway near Fazir Bazar on GT Road in Shibpur
As the procession headed towards Jahangir mohalla, a mob started throwing stones at the procession leading to chaos in the area. A power cut in the area added to the confusion and police had to resort to lathi-charge to bring the situation under control. Police have also arrested 6 accused of their role in the violence. Police are further investigating the case to identify others involved in this case of communal violence.
Islamists Pelt Stones in Maharashtra
A similar incident of stone-pelting on a Ram Navami procession was reported in Malad, Mumbai also where a Muslim mob chanted slogans of ‘Allah Hu Akbar’ when the Ram-Navami procession was passing over a Mosque.
A violent clash also took place in Mankhurd in Mumbai when Hindus at Hanuman Mandir were stopped forcefully by Muslims who started pelting stones at them.
It is to be noted that on April 2, communal violence broke out in the Hatwara Bazaar area of Karauli. A group of radicalised Muslims who took positions on the top of buildings pelted stones at a Shobha Yatra, which was organised to celebrate ‘Nav Samvatsar’, the first day of Hindu New Year. In a pre-planned way, Muslim radicals set ablaze several Hindu shops and vehicles. Following the violence, the market was closed, and a curfew was imposed in the city.
About 43 people, including police and security personnel, were injured in the mob attack. Four policemen accompanying the Shobha Yatra were also severely injured in the stone-pelting. According to reports, there were knife marks on the body of the injured who were admitted to a hospital. However, the doctors refused to say anything, and the administration has been trying to play down the incident.