A large Muslim mob attacked a Hindu Mahadalit basti (colony) in Bihar’s Purnia district on Wednesday night. One man, Newalal Rai, was lynched to death. The mob assaulted women and children as well, leaving atleast 10 women injured who had to be taken to hospital. 13 houses were burnt to ashes. A three-year-old child is said to be still missing.
The incident occurred in Majhuwa village, Baisi police station area which falls in Baisi assembly constituency area. The Baisi MLA is Syed Ruknuddin Ahmed from AIMIM. The Asaduddin Owaisi led Islamist party won 5 seats in the Bihar assembly elections last year, all of them from the Seemanchal area bordering West Bengal where Purnia falls.
Horrific communal violence in Bihar's Purnia. Over a dozen houses belonging to dalit Hindus set on fire on the night of 19 May. A three-year-old child missing, a man person named Newalal lynched by a mob. All this in middle of a deadly pandemic pic.twitter.com/rALOfQmte8
— Swati Goel Sharma (@swati_gs) May 22, 2021
As per journalist Swati Goel Sharma, 3 FIRs have been filed by the victims, including by Fakira (son of Newalal), Pinki Devi and Dinesh. NCPCR chief Priyank Kanoongo has taken cognizance of the missing child and written to Purnia SP for immediate action.
The mob from several surrounding villages descended on the basti around 11 PM at night. After beating ex-chowkidaar (guard) Newalal to death, they entered people’s houses and thrashed and molested women and children. Later they set many houses on fire, in which many cattle and other livestock also perished.
As per SP Dayashankar, two people have been arrested for the violence which occurred over a land dispute. Raids are being carried out to arrest other attackers. SDM Amarendra Kumar Pankaj said the dispute was several years old and a similar incident of violence had occurred in 2015 too after which a police contingent was camped out at the village. However, later the police was removed.
Then in Jan 2016, a Muslim mob had gone on the rampage in Baisi, ransacking the police station and setting it on fire, while returning back from a rally against Hindu leader Kamlesh Tiwari’s alleged blapshemous comments.
VHP has condemned Wednesday night’s violence and demanded fast-track justice for the vicitmised Mahadalit families. In a press release, VHP Secretary General Shri Milind Parande said that an armed mob of Muslims in their hundreds attacked and set fire to several houses, brutally killed Shri Newalal Rai, even broke the head of a pregnant woman, committed inhuman atrocities on other members of the community including women, boys, girls, children, elderly and attacked them with weapons. A three year old boy is still missing from the locality.
He demanded that aggressors be arrested without delay and meaningful steps taken right away by the local administration for the protection, financial assistance and rehabilitation of the victim families. He added that this attack was a replication of the brutal violent attacks committed this month against Hindus of Bengal. He demanded that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), National Commission for Women (NCW), National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) take suo motu cognizance of this horrific episode and initiate appropriate action in the matter directly.
Shri Parande also said that this heinous attack has again exposed the “Meem-Bheem” slogan. Censuring and confronting the secularists and the so-called messiahs of Dalits, he asked why do they not speak up against such attacks by Islamists?
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