Killing of a Monkey sparked communal tension

The killing of a monkey, allegedly by a Muslim man, has once again widened religious fault-lines in the communally-sensitive Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh, with no consensus on what really happened. While the family of the accused, Hafeez, said he shot the monkey in self defence, tensions flared after the village’s Hindu residents, backed by local Bajrang Dal unit, insisted that he had hurt their sentiments as the monkey is 'an avatar of Lord Hanuman'. A senior police official, who did not want to be named, said: “Saturday was Navratri and the Bajrang Dal added fuel to the clash. After the Muzaffarnagar riots, some communities have become insecure. Many people have started applying for arms licenses citing self-defence.”

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Private Residence
Number of victims 3 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Private Residence Was cross FIR filed No
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

FIR has been filed under Sections 295 (defiling place of worship), 9/51 (Wildlife protection act), 504 (breaching public peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and the Arms Act

Investigating agency State Police Victim's lawyer
Role of police Need confirmation :Police have so far arrested Hafeez and booked his two brothers Abdul Ashiq and Anees. Current status Under investigation
Charges Filed Other details
judgement Reference other information
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Date of incident: October 04, 2019
Nature of Violence
  • Communal tension/Violence/Riot
  • Threat
  • Causal factors
  • Instigate Communal Riots / Clash
  • Name of the victim : Hafeez, Abdul Ashiq, Anees
    Name of Perpetrator Undisclosed
    State Uttar Pradesh
    District/City Shamli
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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