4 April 2020: In Bengaluru, more than one incident of activists arranging and delivering food for migrant worker communities being harassed allegedly by BJP/ RSS activists has come to light.
Zareen Taj, an activist working in Amruthahalli area in north Bengaluru said she was surrounded by more than 20 RSS workers on Saturday evening.
“They said ‘who gave you permission to give food? You are a Muslim, you guys mix poison and spit on food before distributing. Have you guys come from Nizamuddin and want to spread the disease to everyone?’ They also went to meet my landlord and asked him why he rented us a room knowing that we are Muslims. They said ‘Go to Shivajinagar or RK Hegde Nagar, we don’t need help from Muslims, thank god we have enough’,” she said.
Ms. Taj said four of her family members (including her son and three brothers) and her son’s friend have been injured. According to 23-year-old Syed Tabrez who is the complainant, he and five others including Kiran, Junaid, Riyaz, Feroz and Amjad were also attacked. They were carrying cricket bats and started beating them up. Bangalore Mirror quoted Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Bhimashankar S Guled as denying that the attack was communal in nature. However, activists speaking with TheNewsMinute on condition of anonymity, alleged that the police were protecting the interests of the ruling party of the state. An activist alleged, “Even though the men who are arrested were acting at the behest of a local BJP leader named Venkatesh, the police refused to name him in the FIR (First Information Report)”. The activists had also met with City Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao on Tuesday.