In Chhattisgarh village, people take an oath to boycott Muslims
A video of a village in Chhattisgarh is widely broadcast where villagers can be seen pledging to boycott Muslims. Police say they tracked down the person who organized it, but found no political party or religious group involvement
“We Hindus will not buy goods from any Muslim trader, sell or rent our land to any Muslim,” residents of Kundikala village, Sarguja district, can be heard in the video.
“We Hindus pledge to buy from vendors who come to our villages only after verifying their religion. We also pledge not to work as laborers for them,” we heard.
Officials said the video surfaced after a fight between residents of two villages – Kundikala and Aara – on January 1.
On New Year’s Day, boys from Aara village came to Kundikala for a picnic and clashed with local men.
Later that evening, more than 10 people from Aara – led by Iliyaas, a local government official – arrived on motorcycles and SUVs, entered the home of a resident, Birendra Yadav, and assaulted his family. .
Everyone in the house, including Birendra Yadav’s minor niece, was injured.
The police intervened soon after and arrested the attackers. They were charged with riots, obscene acts, willful injury, criminal intimidation and trespassing. But soon after, they received bail from the court.
The villagers alleged that the minor was also assaulted by the attackers, but they were released on bail because the police did not apply the relevant articles.
After the accused was released on bail, hundreds of villagers demonstrated outside Lundra Police Station and launched slogans against the police.
Later, the villagers took an oath, pledging to sever all ties with the Muslims.
Amit Kamble, the Surguja police superintendent, has denied the involvement of any political party or religious group in the incident. He said they received the video yesterday and identified the person who made them take the oath. But so far they haven’t found him linked to any political party or right-wing group.