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BJP demolishes houses of Muslims who protested against anti-Islam comments

BJP demolished the homes of several Muslims accused of involvement in riots
Published 13 Jun, 2022 04:49pm
<p>A bulldozer demolishes the house of a Muslim man in Prayagraj, India, who Uttar Pradesh state authorities accuse of being involved in riots last week. Photo by: Reuters</p>

A bulldozer demolishes the house of a Muslim man in Prayagraj, India, who Uttar Pradesh state authorities accuse of being involved in riots last week. Photo by: Reuters

Authorities in India’s Uttar Pradesh state have demolished the homes of several people accused of involvement in riots last week triggered by derogatory remarks made by ruling party figures about Islam’s Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), officials said on Sunday.

More than 300 people were arrested in UP.

Local authorities demolished three Muslim-owned houses over the weekend, alleging that they had been illegally constructed - a claim denied by some of the owners.

In Indian Kashmir, police arrested a youth for posting a video threatening to behead the ruling party’s former spokeswoman who had made some of the remarks, officials said. The video, circulated on YouTube, has been withdrawn by authorities.

Muslims have taken to the streets across India in recent weeks to protest against the anti-Islamic comments by two members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Clashes have broken out between Muslims and Hindus and in some cases between protesters and police in several areas. Police in Uttar Pradesh arrested more than 300 people in connection with the unrest.

Some in India’s minority Muslim community see the comments as the latest instance of pressure and humiliation under BJP rule on issues ranging from freedom of worship to the wearing of hijab head scarves.

The BJP has suspended its spokeswoman Nupur Sharma and expelled another leader, Naveen Kumar Jindal, for the comments, which have also caused a diplomatic row with several Muslim countries.

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