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Delhi Violence: Hindutva Mobs’ Organized Attack On Muslims Is Not Communal Clash

It was the rioters belonging to the Hindutva groups who carried out organized violence against Muslims with the complicity of the police and central government to 'teach' Muslims a lesson.

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Burnt copies of Quran in Fatima masjid, Khajuri Khas, New Delhi|Sariful Alam

The mainstream media especially news channels are going all out to make Jaffarbad’s anti-Muslim pogrom as the communal clash between two communities Hindus and Muslims. And some right wing channels are going further ahead making it a Muslim attack on Hindus. This dirty game being played by the mainstream media, which has been amplifying anti-Muslim hatred for long, is not only cruel but also aggravates dehumanization of Muslims.

While the horrible violence was going on for the three days, the news channels were investing all their times to hype the visit of the US President Donald Trump to India. These channels, which mostly amplify the narrative of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, were ignoring the anti-Muslim violence going on in Jaffarabad for three days. Now, when they turned to cover the violence, they started playing it down and glossing over the complicit role played by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who did not give enough power to the police to act against the rioter mobs. The second sinister thing which the media is doing is to spin the narrative by making it a clash between the two communities.

They started doing it when BJP leader Kapil Mishra, whose provocative speeches raked up the violence, accused Aam Aadmi Party councilor Tahir Hussain, who has been expelled from the party, of killing IB officer Ankit Sharma. The entire media and some liberals went after Hussain blaming him for his death. But there are video clips and reports which show that Hussain was himself trapped by the rioters and was rescued by the police. A video surfaced on social media shows that he was pleading for help while houses are being burnt around the locality.

The evidences which are being presented against him are some video clips which show a crowd of people from the rooftop of his house are pelting stones on the mob. But the video is also showing that the crowd is doing so because the mob in front of his house is burning properties and trying to break into his house. It clearly shows that they are throwing stones in self-defense.

As far as Sharma’s death is concerned, his brother Ankur Sharma told the Wall Street Journal that his brother was killed by a mob who was chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’. He said that he was killed when he went to help the residents surrounded by the rioters. But he called “lie” the statement quoted by the Journal after the Central government and news channels started targeting Tahir Hussain.

This is how the entire narrative of the anti-Muslim violence has been spun against Muslims themselves with the collusion of the ruling BJP and the news channels.

All the reports came to fore about the mob which was roaming around to kill people and to torch properties say that the mob was chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and targeting Muslims and their houses. No temple was burnt whereas at least seven mosques were set afire. The rioters were checking the identities of the people and sparing those who are Hindus after confirming their religion. Reporters of NDTV, Times of India, Indian Express and other media outlets have said on record that they were asked about their religion and spared after confirming that they are Hindus. According to reports, the rioters, who were being helped by the police forces, were mostly from outside Delhi and they were brought in the affected-areas to carry out violence against Muslims.

Many reports show that some of the houses and shops were targeted and some of them were spared in the same lane. Journalists found that the targeted ones were belonged to Muslims. A photo emerged on social media which shows that two Muslim named shops were targeted and the middle of them were spared. Some video clips has surfaced on social media which shows that Hindutva rioters are instigating the mob to attack Muslims and abusing them.

As far as the deaths of some Hindus and torching of their properties are concerned, it happened because some of them tried to help Muslims and give them shelter. Some of them died or were harmed because they were part of the mob. They had been attacked in self-defense.

A Hindu man told the fact-finding team (Sarojini N, Farah Naqvi and Others) that his autorickshaw, which has inscription of Jai Mata Di, was burnt by the Hindutva mob because he was ferrying Muslim passenger. He said he was attacked by the rioter even though he kept saying that he is a Hindu.

If it were communal conflicts between two communities, Muslims would not have been saved and rescued by Hindus. They would have rather involved in killing and arson or leaving them on their conditions. It was the rioters belonging to the Hindutva groups who carried out organized violence against Muslims with the complicity of the police and central government to ‘teach’ Muslims a lesson.

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