Bihar Communal Flare-ups Caused By BJP And Bajrang Dal Hooligans: Report
Members of the fact-finding team found saffron flags hanging inside a police station in Nalanda, with Jai Shree Ram and Bajrang Dal written on them.
Looks like Bihar that once stopped LK Advani’s communal rath yatraa in its tracks is the newest entrant to a growing list of Hindutva laboratories in Narendra Modi’s India. In the first Ram Navami after Nitish Kumar quit the mahagathbandhan to join hands with the BJP, communal flare-ups were reported from several districts, forcing Tejashwi Yadav of the RJD to claim that Sangh Parivar affiliates, “trained” by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat during his week-long tour of the state in March, were fomenting communal passion.
A week later the truth his out. A seven-member fact-finding team of journalists and social activists has revealed that CDs and pen drives filled with ” abusive and highly objectionable songs ” were ” distributed well in advance ” in all Bihar districts that witnessed communal flare- ups before, during and after Ram Navami.
“BJP Cabinet minister Ashwini Kumar Choube’s son Arijit Saraswat, BJP MP Sushil Kumar Singh and Congress MLA Anand Shankar Singh’s involvement in fomenting riots were clear as per many eyewitness accounts and photographic evidences,” the report alleged. “It was very clear that the violence was not spontaneous but was pre-planned and very carefully orchestrated by the BJP and Bajrang Dal hooligans.”
The report, released on Monday by the NGO United Against Hate, and reported on by the Telegraph, said: “The team also learnt that the same lyrics were played through loudspeakers in … affected districts, indicating that it was done through a centralized production. “
The Telegraph also quotes Prashant Tandon, one of the authors of the report, saying that the violence “was planned on an industrial scale. Swords were procured online in large numbers. The home secretary said that though Intelligence knew about it, they were unable to stop it. “
In an astounding revelation the report quotes principal secretary (home) Amir Subhani as saying that around two lakh swords were reportedly purchased from an online portal.
Members of the fact-finding team found saffron flags hanging inside a police station in Nalanda, with Jai Shree Ram and Bajrang Dal written on them
The report also quotes the Maulana of Samastipur’s Zia ul Uloom Madarsa, Nazir Ahmed Nadvi as saying that if his neighbour, one Dr Ashok, had not helped children climb over the wall and hide them in his house, the mob of 4,000 would have ” killed them all “.
One person died and over 65 were injured in the violence.