Members of a Hindutva group checked markets in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar city to ensure that Muslim male make-up artists do not apply mehendi or henna on Hindu women, The Indian Express reported on Wednesday.
Heavy security has been deployed at public places after this, Superintendent of Police Aprit Vijayvargia told the newspaper. The police have also filed a first information report in the case, though it is unclear who has been named in it.
The incident took place on Tuesday, ahead of the Hindu festival Teej. It was celebrated on Wednesday A purported video of the incident showed members of the group, Kranti Sena, asking shopkeepers at a market whether they had arrangements for applying henna.
Karni Sena’s General Secretary, Manoj Saini had said they think Muslim youths “entice Hindu girls and trap them in love jihad on the pretext of applying Mehendi”.
The Karni Sena also asked shops in Muzaffarnagar to stop employing Muslim Mehendi artists.
On Wednesday night, Karni Sena members targeted Mehendi stall owner, Prakash Chandra, who had employed Muslim artists.
“I had set up a Mehendi stall at MDA Colony and a group of men came up and threw away everything I had and said no stall could be set up at the mandi. They threatened to kill me if I set up shop again without their permission. They abused me verbally and physically,” Chandra said in his complaint to the police.
On the basis of his complaint, Manoj Saini, along with 10 others, and “20-25 unidentified people”, were booked for voluntarily causing hurt, intentional insult to provoke breach of peace, criminal intimidation and mischief causing damage at the New Mandi police station.
They have not been arrested yet.
SP Arpit Vijayvargiya said that an “inquiry is being conducted and action will be taken on the basis of that”.