India is becoming unsafe for its Muslim population who face daily harassment and mob violence in the hands of extremist Hindutvadi fascists. Last week, violence took the lives of a number of Muslims in various parts of India on the allegation that they were involved in transporting cows for slaughter houses. Emboldened by the BJP government at the center, these fascists are further tarnishing the already tarnished image of India where sanctity of Muslim life is eroding fast. The life of a cattle is considered more precious to these Hindu fascists than human lives.
In the state of Haryana, an angry Hindu mob bludgeoned to death 22-year-old Noman after stopping a truck with more than a dozen cows and oxen on board while four of his associates were also beaten up before being taken into police custody, sources said. Indian justice and police are biased against Muslim victims. So, rather than trying to find the culprits Noman’s associates, Nishu (37), Salman (20), Gulzar (22) and Gulfaam (24) were booked under laws prohibiting cow slaughter and cruelty to animals and a court remanded them in police custody for three days.
The incident came weeks after Mohammad Akhlaq, a 55-year-old resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Bisada village, was killed by a mob that suspected he had butchered a cow and consumed beef, with incident drawing a wave of nationwide outrage
Violence erupted in parts of the Indian Occupied Kashmir Valley on Sunday after a 16-year-old Muslim boy, injured in a bomb attack on a truck on 9 October died in Delhi, police and witnesses said.
Zahid Rasool Bhat, who was being treated for burn injuries in Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital, died on Sunday, a senior police officer told IANS in Srinagar.
Bhat and another Kashmiri Muslim from Anantnag district, Showkat Ahmad Dar, 35, sustained serious injuries when their parked truck was attacked by a Hindu mob with a petrol bomb at Udhampur town on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.
The attack, by a Hindu mob, took place in the aftermath of a beef party hosted by independent legislator Engineer Rashid in Srinagar.
As news of the death in Delhi spread, protestors took to the streets in the southern district of Anantnag in the Kashmir Valley and blocked the Jammu-Srinagar highway by burning tyres.
The highway is the only road link between the Kashmir Valley and the rest of India.
They also shouted slogans against the government, and pelted stones at security personnel who tried to disperse them, witnesses said.
Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the government was to blame for Bhat's death as it failed to provide security to the truckers.
The separatists called for a shutdown in the Kashmir Valley on Monday.
Both the victims of the attack were flown to Safdarjung Hospital which specializes in treating burn injuries.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed had visited them at the hospital three days back.
Earlier, Zahid’s body was taken in a procession from his home to the graveyard amid tight security. The mourners shouted slogans in support of ‘azadi’ (independence) and local Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, and a youngster was spotted carrying a Pakistani flag.
Protests had erupted in Batengoo as soon as news of Ahmed’s death spread on Sunday. His body was flown from Delhi to Srinagar in a state government aircraft.
The Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained closed for the second day on Monday as protestors blocked it in Anantnag district. The railways suspended trains between the southern and northern parts of the Kashmir Valley because protesters placed obstructions on the tracks.
The movement of people was restricted in Anantnag and Bijbehara areas of southern Jammu and Kashmir. Similar restrictions were imposed in six police station areas of Srinagar, which too witnessed protests on Sunday.
Targeting the state and Central governments, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said they cannot wash their hands off the issue.
“Another needless death in the name of #BeefBan for which the BJP & its affiliates including allies are directly responsible. And to think that all the state government could do was to throw 10,000 rupees at #Zahid and wash its hands off the whole thing #BeefMurder,” he wrote on Twitter.
“The Hon PM passed the buck on to @yadavakhilesh & the UP Govt for #Dadri. Who will he blame for #Zahid’s death now???” he questioned.
Separatist leader Ali Shah Geelani called for a complete shutdown to protest against Ahmed’s death. The move was supported by moderate separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik.
Cattle slaughter and sale of beef are banned in Congress-ruled Himachal Pradesh, while several states with BJP governments have in recent months enforced and enhanced long-dormant laws imposing such prohibitions as right-wing Hindu fascist groups push for a nationwide ban. But who gives the authority to a mob to extract justice? Unfortunately, that is what is happening in India where Police won't do their job to arrest the members of the Hindu mob who attack Muslims.
India is becoming a sad place for non-Hindus!
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