“Every year, VHP members take out small processions comprising around 100 people but this time they had a gathering of about 4,000 people. The only purpose of increasing the strength of the procession was to get the permission from authorities to carry out the procession through the Jama Masjid area,” Ameen Sadar, a Muslim leader of Gangapur told The Wire. There are several videos which show anti-Muslim slogans being raised by VHP men in the procession. These allegedly include lines like, “Hindustan mein rehna hai toh chup chap rehna hoga” (‘If you want to stay in India, you’ll have to remain quiet’).
“The police was witness to the anti-Muslim slogans that the members of the procession were raising, still they have only taken our men into custody. Why is there no punishment for the people who say bad things to us?” said Sadar.
Police said about 40 men were detained. “Around 35 Muslim men and five Hindu men have been detained,” Pratampal, circle officer in Gangapur city told The Wire. Ismail Khan, a member of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee in Gangapur said the police detained almost every Muslim man that the VHP members named. “The Muslim community repeatedly told the police about the anti-Muslim slogans being raised by some men in the procession but they didn’t listen. They only did what the VHP men ordered them to do,” he said.