Supporting BJP is fraught with risk, irrespective of the party’s results in elections. BJP workers and supporters were brutally attacked, raped and murdered for over a month after TMC’s resounding win in the West Bengal assembly polls last year. Now, BJP has recorded a thumping win in UP assembly polls, and its supporters are still facing the ire of its opponents, though the scale of violence is nowhere close to what WB witnessed.
At least 3 confirmed incidents have been recorded of BJP supporters being attacked for playing BJP election theme songs or to ‘teach them a lesson’. Apart from this, one suspicious death of a BJP supporter has come to light.
Following SP’s Syeda Khatoon win from this seat by a slender margin of 771 votes over BJP’s incumbent MLA Raghavendra Pratap Singh, her supporters started vandalizing a temple for Maa Kali and assaulted Hindu women when they objected.
They are being threatened that cows and buffaloes will be slaughtered and they will also be forced to eat beef. All this harassment is happening because they did not vote for Syeda Khatoon, said a Hindu lady.
Incidentally, a crowd of 200-250 SP supporters illegally gathered outside the SP office on the night of March 10, in violation of Section 144, and allegedly raised pro-Pakistan slogans and also abused the BJP candidate. A police complaint has been lodged in that matter.
A probe has been ordered into the mysterious death of a youth in Prayagraj district, who was allegedly beaten to death by some unidentified persons for celebrating the victory of the ruling BJP.
Scores of BJP supporters, on Sunday, gheraoed the Bahariya police station, accusing local police of not taking action against the guilty. Locals alleged that a sub-inspector rank police official had intentionally downplayed the incident, terming it a case of road accident despite the fact that the youth was allegedly assaulted by the supporters of Samajwadi Party. The BJP supporters have demanded action against the errant police official.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ajay Kumar told reporters that Babu Ram, a resident of Newada has submitted a ‘written complaint’ with the Bahariya police station that his son Satish Chauhan, 22, died in a ‘road mishap’ on Saturday night while returning to Newada from Mubarakpur block by bike.
The SSP, however, said some people of the village alleged that the youth was not killed in the road mishap but he was intentionally assaulted, resulting in his death. He said the police have launched a detailed probe into the incident and the body has been sent for post mortem.
BJP won 8 out of 12 assembly constituencies in Prayagraj district.
The members of a wedding procession were assaulted, robbed and their vehicles vandalized for playing an election theme song related to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Auraiya district. Brijbhan Singh, a resident of Dilippur village, was taking his son Rohit’s wedding procession and the guests were travelling in about seven different vehicles, including four cars and three vans.
A song was being played praising Yogi-Modi on BJP’s victory when some people forcibly stopped the vehicles and attacked the procession and also ransacked the vehicles. Later, they escaped with Rs 2 lakh in cash kept in a car, besides the jewellery that was supposed to be given to the bride. Some people suffered grievous wounds due to the breaking of the front glass of the car and van.
A group of villagers, who were dancing to the tunes of election campaign songs of the BJP to celebrate the victory of the party, were brutally attacked in Kanpur Dehat district. The incident took place at Nyora Mastpur village.
Satya Prakash, a resident of Mastpur Nyorai, stated in his complaint that he was playing DJ at his house to celebrate the victory of BJP in the state Assembly elections and he, his family members, relatives and locals were dancing on BJP election theme songs.
“A group of people, who were sympathisers of Samajwadi Party, arrived at the spot and asked the DJ operator to stop playing BJP election theme songs. When the DJ operator protested, they abused him, barged into the house and beat them up severely,” Satya Prakash alleged in his complaint.
Rasoolabad police station in-charge Pramod Kumar Shukla said an FIR has been lodged, all the injured have been admitted to hospital for necessary treatment, and raids are underway to arrest the accused.
The brutality unleashed on BJP workers and supporters after the West Bengal 2021 assembly results was shocking, and the silence and apathy of the secular Indian state towards that post-poll pogrom has signaled to all BJP opponents that such behavior will be condoned.
The current attacks by SP supporters and Islamists in UP, a state governed by a man demonized as a ‘fascist Hindu nationalist’ by the liberal-secular cabal, show the reality that even after the vastly improved law & order regime under Yogi Adityanath, ordinary Hindus are still susceptible to minoritarian bigotry and violence. This shows the high degree of anti-Hindu radicalization and sense of immunity that certain sections of society nurse.
Ordinary Hindus are still trusting and patiently waiting for the secular state to deliver justice, despite becoming sitting ducks like we saw in West Bengal.
(With IANS inputs)