In UP, 23 Muslims arrested for serving “non-veg” Biryani to Hindus


By Muslim Mirror

Lucknow : In a shocking incident police in Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh, has registered an FIR against 23 Muslim youth for “promoting enmity between groups on grounds of religion and hurting religious sentiments”, for serving “biryani” to Hindus at a Muslim religious congregation without telling them.

The FIR stated that buffalo meat was served mixed with rice without alerting the Hindus. Furthermore, it stated that that had been done in an intention to hurt Hindus. It is to be noted that the complainant was ready to withdraw the case and MLA Rajpoot intervened.

The FIR was lodged under various sections of the IPC, including 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion), 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 420 (fraud) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

“This year, when the feast started, several Hindus were served rice on the pretext of it being ‘baba ka prasad’. When a few people started eating it, they found meat pieces and bones. When the matter escalated, a panchayat was called in which the main accused Papu Ansari accepted that buffalo meat was served by mistake. He apologized and offered to pay Rs 50,000 to arrange a Shuddhikaran. While some people agreed to it, others came to me. I went to the village and asked for an FIR to be registered against those responsible as they did this to knowingly hurt our religious feelings,” said MLA Rajpoot.

The alleged incident took place in the Charkhari police station area of the district on August 31 during Urs, a religious congregation organised by Muslim residents of Salat village. The religious congregation, according to the locals, has been organised every year for the past six years at a local shrine.

DIG, Chitrakoot range, Deepak Kumar, meanwhile, said he has heard about the alleged incident, but not aware if an FIR has been filed.

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