Thousands of villagers take oath for total boycott of Muslims


By Muslim Mirror Staff

Thousands of of extremist Hindus on Wednesday took an oath to boycott Muslims socially and economically at a village in Surguja district, Chhattisgarh.


In a video clip that has gone viral, they are seen taking a pledge to not purchase any items from Muslim vendors, shopkeepers or sell land to members of the community. After the pledge, they are seen chanting Jai Shri Ram, a war cry furthered by Hindutva extremists, and other slogans.

“From today, we Hindus pledge to not buy any item from a Muslim shopkeeper and not to sell them anything. We pledge to not sell or give our lands on lease to Muslims. We Hindus pledge to buy from vendors coming to our villages only after ascertaining their religion. We also pledge to not work as labourers for them,” they say in the video.

Surguj collector Sanjeev Jha told PTI on Friday that after the video surfaced, the district’s additional superintendent of police (ASP) and sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) visited the village on Thursday and gathered details about the incident.

He indicated that this hatemongering may be an aftermath of a brawl between residents of two villages.

“On January 1, residents from Aara village, which falls in neighbouring Balrampur district, visited Kundikala to celebrate the New Year during which they entered into a brawl with some locals,” Surguja ASP Vivek Shukla said.

“The next day, a resident of Kundikala lodged a complaint alleging half-a-dozen villagers of Aara (belonging to a particular community) along with some others barged into his house and thrashed him and two family members, including his niece,” he said.

Based on the complaint, six persons were arrested, but all of them got bail from a local court the same day, Shukla said.

Prima facie it seems, taking advantage of that incident, some people provoked residents of Kundikala to hold a gathering and take such a pledge against the minority community, he said.

(With inputs from PTI)


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