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'Shivraj Chouhan should visit Mandsaur, take action against those who unfurled Saffron flag at mosque'

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Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

BHOPAL: Senior Congress leader, Arif Aqueel, who represents Bhopal North constituency in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, has asked chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to ensure that those responsible for disturbing law-and-order, are dealt with sternly. 

Aqueel, a veteran MLA who has won six times from the constituency in the last three decades, has written a letter to Chouhan, in the wake of violent incidents that took place in Indore, Ujjain and Mandsaur recently. 

'It seems efforts are on to disturb communal harmony in certain districts of Madhya Pradesh. You should go to Ujjain, Indore and Mandsaur where incidents have occurred to take stock of the situation". "If you don't take action and situation worsens, your government would be responsible", he writes.

"Now even places of worship are not safe. Videos went viral that show how Saffron flag was hoisted at a mosque. A solution must be found, else, such incidents can ruin the communal harmony in the state", he further writes in the letter. Aqueel has urged Chouhan to ensure that those responsible for the act, face tough action.

Apart from the letter, Aqueel has separately while talking to media, said that CBI inquiry must be undertaken. "The incident of vandalism at the mosque happened amid police presence, and till now no police officer has been dismissed. Neither NSA was invoked against such persons, which is regrettable', he added.

The incidents occurred after the rallies in Ujjain, Dorana (Mandsaur) and Indore. Those who were in the rallies, allegedly attacked homes and vandalized. Incidents of stone pelting were also reported. Subsequently, the administration demolished houses. In different cities, Muslim groups have given memorandums to officials, demanding arrest of the goons involved in violence.


Three incidents of violence took place in separate districts of the state. The rallies were taken out despite denial to gatherings and demonstrations owing to Coronavirus protocal. In Mandsaur, hundreds of members of right-wing groups had taken out a rally that reached Dorana on December 29 evening.

After reaching this Muslim-dominated hamlet, they allegedly raised slogans, played loud music and vandalized houses. The Islamic flags were taken off replaced with Saffron flags. The other incident took place in Indore, a rally reached Chandankhedi village that falls under Gautampura police station's jurisdiction. Here too slogans were raised and there was violence.

READ: 'Arrest goons who went on rampage, targeted mosque, vandalized homes in Mandsaur, Ujjain and Indore'

The residents said that houses were targeted, Hanuman Chalisa recital was conducted outside mosque and attempt was made to damage the minaret of mosque. The third incident occurred in Ujjain. Here, the rally took the route that has a substantial Muslim population Begampura. There was a clash and later officials demolished houses. 

Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

Journalist for more than 20 years. Had started his career with National Mail in the nineties. Worked as Special Correspondent with Hindustan Times, as an Assistant Editor with DB Post, later Contributing Editor with The Huffington Post, writes for First Post, The Wire, Newsd & several other major publications.