In a dramatic turn of events on February 3, Damoh, a city in Madhya Pradesh, witnessed a heated altercation between Hindu youths and members of the Muslim community, leading to threats of violence and arrests.
Here’s a breakdown of the incident:
The confrontation unfolded when four Hindu youths clashed with Ansar Khan, a Muslim tailor, over delayed outfits. Matters escalated when Imam Hafiz Rizwan Khan intervened, allegedly resulting in physical assaults on the imam and Ansar Khan, along with damage to the former’s motorcycle.
Meanwhile, a man named Akram Rain began inciting his coreligionists through a loudspeaker and declared that Muslims would personally amputate the hands and feet of the Hindus if the police failed to act in the case. He further threatened to behead them. The crowd then began yelling provocative slogans like “Nara e Takbeer Allah Hu Akbar.”
The issue was swiftly reported to the police, prompting the registration of a First Information Report (FIR) and initiation of an investigation. However, tensions escalated as news of the altercation spread throughout the city, drawing hundreds of Muslims to the Kotwali police station.
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As the frenzied mob reached the police station while issuing threats to chop off hands and feet, SHO Anand Singh Thakur confronted them alone and announced, “I have come alone. I’m standing alone. Put a hand on me. What is the point of threatening to cut off hands when I am assuring that we will take action?”
In a display of courage and leadership, Station House Officer (SHO) Anand Singh Thakur intervened, confronting the crowd alone and urging them to refrain from violence. Despite facing intense pressure, SHO Thakur stood his ground, earning praise from onlookers and social media users who hailed him as a hero.
“Inspector Anand Singh Thakur is my name”. Damoh Police, Madhya Pradesh. Fearless Cop pic.twitter.com/T0ANabh9S0
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The situation further escalated with Akram Rain’s arrest, who was found in possession of a pistol at the time of apprehension. FIRs were lodged against both Hindu youths and members of the Muslim crowd, with charges ranging from assault to incitement of violence.
The police have filed four FIRs concerning the entirety of the dispute. Among these, charges have been levied against the Hindu youths accused of assaulting the tailor and the imam. Furthermore, a separate case has been initiated against forty unidentified members of the Muslim crowd involved in instigating chaos. Akram Rain, who made threats of violence, has been apprehended by law enforcement officers.
Akram Rain has been the subject of numerous cases, including ones involving the Arms Act, per Damoh Kotwali SHO Anand Singh Thakur. He made provocative remarks from the loudspeaker after which have filed a complaint against him under sections 153A, 141 and 147 of the Indian Penal Code. According to the officer, he was found in possession of a pistol at the time of his arrest by the police.
Authorities have taken decisive action, invoking the National Security Act against Akram Rain and apprehending several individuals involved in the altercation. Chief Minister Mohan Yadav has intervened, ordering a thorough investigation into the incident to ensure justice is served.
As the dust settles in Damoh, the incident serves as a sobering reminder of the delicate communal dynamics prevalent in many parts of India, highlighting the importance of swift and impartial law enforcement to maintain peace and harmony.