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Islamic shrine and Muslim properties attacked - DOTO

Islamic shrine and Muslim properties attacked

At 1 pm on 10 April, in Himmatnagar town of Sabarkantha district, north Gujarat, roughly 90 km away from Ahmedabad, some Hindus reportedly celebrated Ram Navami while wielding swords as a part of the procession. As the procession began to enter Ashraf Nagar, a Muslim-dominated area between two Hindu localities, Shakti Nagar and Mahavir Nagar, locals claimed that Hindu men allegedly engaged aggressively with local Muslims. Instances of stone-pelting, arson, damaging of shops and vehicles were reported till around 3 pm. Another rally was taken out from the same area by the VHP around 4 pm, which started a fresh cycle of stone-pelting. Ahmed, who lives in the Muslim-dominated Ashraf Nagar area, said that he saw a sea of saffron flags marching in their direction. “They came prepared, the police was right beside them. The way they were marching towards our area, knowing that it is Muslim majority, we got a hint of what their plans might be,” said Ahmed. Fareed, 19, was among those out on the road during the procession. He paid a price for this; he suffered a blow on the back of his head during the violence. Fareed’s uncle, Saleem Sheikh said, “Fareed was out for barely five minutes, he did not indulge in any violence and yet he was hit by a stone. Ghaffar, a resident of Mali Ki Chaparia, told The Wire, “They had a plan, they burnt Muslim shops, mosques and even set not one but many dargahs on fire. I saw a man with a saffron scarf yelling ‘Jai Shri Ram’ while he was hurling stones at the mosque I go to; he wore an orange scarf with ‘Om’ written on it.” A policeman deployed for the security in the procession lost his life after allegedly coming in the way of attack.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Place of worship :Residential area
Location of incident Place of worship Was cross FIR filed No
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

One FIR has been registered for attack on cops, the second FIR for attacking religious places and the third for arson.

Investigating agency Victim's lawyer
Role of police Police is allegedly part of the Perpetrator(s) :“This time too the police were with the rally, they didn’t stop the provocation – the altercation started after the rally kept on provoking the Muslims in the area,” a witness told Maktoob Current status Under investigation : 30 individuals had been arrested
Charges Filed Other details
judgement Reference other information
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Main Information
Date of incident: April 10, 2022
Nature of Violence
  • Communal tension/Violence/Riot
  • Causal factors
  • Celebration of Festivals
  • Number of people Killed 1
    No. of People Injured 10
    Name of the victim : undisclosed
    Name of Perpetrator VHP, Bajrang Dal members
    State Gujarat
    District/City Sabarkantha
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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