Hindutva Mobs in Action: Unrest in Mumbai and Nashik Against Muslims Raises ConcernsJanuary 27, 2024
In a distressing turn of events, Mumbai, the bustling city in Maharashtra, India, has witnessed a surge in communal violence, with reports indicating that Hindutva mobs targeted Muslim-owned shops and individuals in the aftermath of clashes in the Mira Road locality. The violence extended to Naya Nagar, a Muslim-dominated area, where Hindu authorities allegedly resorted to bulldozing Muslim shops in a bid to undermine their economic stability.
Disturbing videos circulating on various social media platforms depict mobs armed with sticks brutally attacking people and ransacking shops. One particularly alarming video showcases a mob assaulting the driver of a pick-up van labeled ‘Rashid Tempo Service.’ The driver, identified as Mohammed Tariq, along with occupants Mohammed Meraj and Deen Ali, suffered severe injuries, with Meraj requiring seven stitches on his head.
Abdul Haque, the owner of the targeted vehicle, expressed reluctance to file a formal complaint, citing a desire to avoid legal complications. He revealed that the attackers likely targeted the vehicle merely based on its association with a Muslim name, emphasizing that similar attacks on other vehicles occurred in the vicinity.
A viral video captured another incident where an auto-rickshaw was ransacked, and its occupants were subjected to assault by a violent mob. The footage also revealed an attack on a shop named ‘Saba Boutique.’ Additionally, a distressing video showed a dairy shop being vandalized while an elderly Muslim man pleaded with the mob to spare him. The assailants halted their rampage only when the shopkeeper hastily shuttered the establishment. CCTV footage further documented the Hindutva mob attacking a shop named ‘Haji Chicken Shop.’
Meanwhile, Nashik district in Maharashtra experienced its share of violence as a group identified as Qadianis targeted Muslim homes, leaving approximately ten individuals, including women, injured. Armed with swords, the Qadianis forcibly entered Muslim residences and launched attacks on the occupants. The motives behind this violent episode remain unclear, adding to the complexity of the situation.
The unsettling events in Mumbai and Nashik highlight the need for swift and decisive action to curb escalating communal tensions. Authorities must thoroughly investigate these incidents, holding perpetrators accountable for their actions. Additionally, fostering community dialogue and promoting tolerance becomes imperative to prevent such incidents from further polarizing society. As the affected communities grapple with the aftermath of these attacks, there is a collective hope that measures will be taken to ensure the safety and harmony of all residents, regardless of their religious affiliations.