Mosque in UP demolished defying high court order

A mosque in UP was bulldozed by police and other security officials defying the high court's order issued on 24th April. The Masjid Gareeb Nawaz Al Maroof existed since colonial times as per the documents held by its committee, but a few days after the Eid police and security services moved into the area and cleared it of people, then brought in bulldozers and demolished the mosque buildings. Debris was then thrown into a river and security services have been deployed to prevent anyone coming within a mile of where the mosque stood. On 19 March, local Muslims were prevented from entering the mosque for Friday prayers, causing tension and protests in the area. Over 35 local Muslims who were protesting were arrested and put in jail, where many are still held, and police reports were filed against the demonstrators. Maulana Abdul Mustafa, a mosque committee member stated the mosque was hundreds of years old and that thousands of people had been praying there five times a day. He further stated that all Muslims were scared, so no one went near the mosque or dared to protest when the mosque was being demolished and that muslims fled their houses under the fear of the state police controlled by the Yogi Adityanath-led-government who is known for his hardline hindu nationalism and islamophobia.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Place of worship
Number of victims 35 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Place of worship Was cross FIR filed No
perpetrator Organizational Police / Investigating agency Details of the FIR

Filed against the Muslim protestors

Investigating agency Victim's lawyer
Role of police Police is allegedly part of the Perpetrator(s) :The Yogi Adityanath lead UP Police went on the site along with other forces and dispersed the people in order to execute the demolition. Current status Under investigation :FIR has been filed against eight committee members.
Charges Filed 419 (Cheating by impersonation), 420 (Cheating), 467 (Forgery) and 471 (using a genuine as forged) of the Indian Penal Code. Other details
judgement Reference other information
Civil society reports

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Main Information
Date of incident: May 17, 2021
Nature of Violence
  • Attack on religious festivals/worship
  • Communal tension/Violence/Riot
  • Demolition/Attack on property
  • Vandalism/Hooliganism
  • Causal factors
  • Dispute over Places of Worship
  • Name of the victim : Maulana Abdul Mustafa and ors
    Name of Perpetrator NA
    State Uttar Pradesh
    District/City Barabanki
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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