A Bajrang Dal member was stabbed by a group of 13 men for supporting Nupur Sharma on Wednesday. The incident occurred in Agar Malwa district of Madhya Pradesh. MP Police registered a case of attempt to murder and rioting against the 13 accused.
Ayush Jadam (25) is a local convenor of Bajrang Dal and had given a statement in support of Nupur Sharma, who has been receiving hundreds of rape and death threats ever since Md. Zubair painted a target on her back for alleged ‘blasphemy’ against Islam, and radical clerics from India and across the Muslim world demanded her beheading.
Ayush said that the deadly attack is a result of the media statement that he gave in support of Nupur.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Ayush said that he was going by bike when a group stopped him near the Royal Dhabha near Ujjain. After confirming his identity, they launched a murderous attack with knives and swords saying “Cut him to pieces, kill him!”.
Ayush identified the attackers as Arbaz, Amal, Asif, Sarfaraz ‘Chikki’, Ammu Mewati, Aman, Sohil, Munna Mewati, Salman, Firdous, Sameer, Sajid. Luckily, some bystanders came to his rescue and saved his life. As people started gathering, the attackers fled. Ayush received serious head injury and was referred to a Ujjain hospital after initial treatment at the district hospital.
The Bajrang Dal and Hindu outfits staged a protest outside the office of the Superintendent of Police demanding swift and prompt action against all 13 accused and others connected with the incident. 8 of the accused have been arrested thus far, and MP Home Minister Narottam Mishra said they will be dealt with strictly through district externment and imposition of National Security Act.
VHP and Bajrang Dal had recently released helpline numbers in various states for Hindus who are receiving threats from Muslim radicals for expressing their opinion on the Nupur Sharma controversy. Two Hindus – tailor Kanhaiyalal Teli and chemist Umesh Kolhe – have been brutally murdered, and dozens others attacked/threatened by Islamists for standing up for Nupur Sharma.
In many cases, police failed to provide security to complainants – both Kanhaiya and Umesh had approached police after they first started receiving threats – or tried to dilute the matter as ‘robbery/personal enmity’ after the Islamist attack took place.
On Wednesday, Supreme Court gave bail to Md. Zubair despite several serious charges against him of disturbing communal harmony, destruction of evidence, FCRA violation. SC heard his case thrice in the 24 days Zubair remained in jail, and even disbanded an SIT created by UP govt to probe the dangerous Islamist instigator’s network.