Two new instances of Land jihad have come to the fore, one from Maharashtra and the other from Andhra Pradesh (AP). Islamists have captured temple land in both instances, videos of which have gone viral on social media (SM).
In Muslim-dominated Mumbra there is an ancient Shiv Mandir atop a hill. It must be mentioned here that this is the constituency of NCP’s (Nationalist Congress Party) Jitendra Awhad who is known for his Hinduphobia and minority appeasement.
According to available information, 250 bodies were buried at the place overnight by Muslims who also removed the Bhagwa (saffron) flag. The above video by Hindustan Reporter gives us details of the place and how the land was grabbed by Islamists.
The report notes that Hindu youths who trekked to the hilltop to put up a saffron flag in 2013 discovered a Swayambhu Linga. Following the discovery, Hindus have frequented the hilltop to pray at the holy site. When Islamists came to know about the site, the Linga was desecrated by the Land Jihad mafia.
“Very few Hindus might have known about the discovery and subsequent desecration because Islamists swept the issue under the carpet so that it does not reach the police station. Furthermore, they even threatened the Hindu youths who had discovered the Linga”, the report notes.
The report also states that the Land Jihadists have taken several steps to grab the land while adding that several questions remain unanswered. The video also shows a green flagpole at the site in addition to Islamic graves. A full-fledged inquiry must be undertaken by the state government to establish the facts, remove encroachments, and restore the land to its rightful owners.
The second video is from AP’s Annamaya District where stands a centuries-old temple belonging to Malleswara Swami Devasthanam. Hindus confronted Islamists and asked them to vacate the temple land, they were attacked by the latter.
The Islamists also threatened to demolish the Hindu temple. The incident occurred in Vedukurthi panchayat’s Sanyasivaripalli village. As per available information, the temple is at least a few centuries old and neither the police nor the local administration is taking any action against the encroachers.