Communal tensions appear to have simmered in Chhattisgarh as soon as once more, as a video of villagers in Chhattisgarh’s Sarguja, pledging to not conduct business transactions with Muslims of their space has gone viral. Whereas the police on Friday instituted an inquiry, the district collector mentioned that senior officers of the administration had visited the village earlier.
Within the video which has gone viral, villagers from Kundi Kala are heard pledging to not do enterprise with Muslim shopkeepers. “We Hindus will solely permit any salesperson in our village after making certain that they aren’t Muslim,” the villagers repeat the pledge within the video.
In response to senior police officers, the incident is from the Lundra area in Sarguja district and began off as an area brawl on New Yr’s Day. “Some youth from the neighbouring Ara village in Balrampur district had come to Kundi Kala on January 1 for a picnic. They’d a brawl with some locals which intensified after extra males from Ara joined the youth and attacked a household within the village,” mentioned ASP Vivek Shukla.
Virendra Yadav, a resident of Kundi Kala, registered an FIR on the Lundra police station on January 3, alleging that he and his members of the family have been overwhelmed up by the lads from Ara. In his criticism to the police, Yadav claimed that the lads tried to forcefully take his niece with them and attacked her when she resisted.
After Yadav’s criticism, an FIR was registered towards the lads, police mentioned, and the lads have been saved in custody for a short time. “They have been later given bail by the court docket,” Shukla mentioned.
Villagers of Kundi Kala claimed that the Muslim males then returned with firecrackers and burst them close to the sufferer’s home in a present of celebration. After this, the villagers mentioned, they approached the police station to register their protest.
In a Gram Sabha known as by the native village representatives on January 5, the villagers pledged to not let Muslims enter their village and to not purchase gadgets from Muslim-owned shops.
Police officers have registered a criticism towards unknown folks for deceptive the villagers. “We spoke to the villagers they usually understood what was flawed. We’re going via the footage to seek out out who have been the perpetrators of this communal rigidity within the space,” a senior official mentioned.
District Collector Sanjeev Jha, who despatched members of his administration to the village, mentioned: “Few persons are attempting to offer communal angle to the problem, which won’t be allowed.”
The incident in Sarguja comes months after communal tensions soared in Chhattisgarh’s Kawardha district. In Kawardha, a week-long curfew was introduced, after two teams received right into a heated battle over non secular flags. A mob addressed by BJP and VHP leaders had then gone on a rampage destroying property and different gadgets of native Muslims. Whereas Kawardha had a sizeable Muslim inhabitants, Sarguja has 3% Muslim inhabitants.