Bajrang Dal workers on the evening of December 23 allegedly closed down the shop of a Muslim man in Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh, creating a ruckus and raising slogans of ‘Har Har Mahadev’ and ‘Jai Shree Ram’, News18 reported.
A video from the site of the juice shop was also tweeted by Times of India journalist Kanwardeep Singh.
According to the report, a Muslim man, Shabu Khan, had been running the juice centre for 10-12 year. The shop was named ‘New Sai Juice Center’. Khan told the news outlet that this was a case where he has been forced to close shop as he is a Muslim.
Navneet Sharma, a Bajrang Dal worker who came to close the shop, told News18 that the Muslim shopkeeper was running a juice center in a Hindu area and in the name of a Hindu to “deceive people.”
He further alleged that “love jihad” is being carried out in Hindu areas under the guise of a juice centre. “Love jihad” is a term popularised by rightwing Hindutva groups and now given legal credence in several BJP-ruled states. It points to the imagined conspiracy of Muslim men converting Hindu women through marriage.
Bajrang Dal workers allegedly led a campaign claiming that Muslim-owned shops there were being run only after having changed their names into “Hindu” sounding ones.
They allegedly threatened the rest of the Muslim shopkeepers with a wider movement if they do not close their shops.