The Wire met with a pro-government Hindutva mob and spoke to them about the violence and their modus operandi. They agreed to talk “if the camera is not focused on our (their) face”.
The Wire reporter asked: Yesterday, a mazar (mausoleum) has also been burnt in the area. Who did it?
“We don’t know who did it,” one of them said. “Maybe, the Muslims have done it themselves,” another young man said.
Yet another added, “We can even give you the names of those who did; we know them very well. Okay, we will not tell you. We have burnt it (the mausoleum); we all have burnt it. Keep the camera down. Not one person has burnt (it); we all have.
Why are you opposed to those opposing the CAA? the reporter asked.
they answered: Our opposition is to the opposition of those against the CAA. How dare they (read Muslims) protest like this in our country? Is it (their) country? It is our country. Are they bigger goons than us? We are the bigger goons. We will show them their place, not allow them to remain (even) in their homes. Houses have been burnt, a hospital too.