8 lynchings, 6 mob violence incidents targeting Muslims since LS polls: Report

There has been a surge in anti-Muslim violence across India since the announcement of election results on June 4, said a report by the Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR).

In the report which was released on Tuesday, July 2, the group has listed detailed incidents of lynching, communal violence, and state-backed demolitions of Muslim homes in the aftermath of the elections.

The APCR is an advocacy group composed of advocates, journalists, researchers, and paralegal volunteers dedicated to the advancement of civil and human rights in India.

Increasing violence, hate against Muslims

The report highlights eight lynchings, six mob violence, and three demolition incidents that occurred after the poll results were announced.

In Gujarat on June 22, a 23-year-old Muslim man identified as Salman Vohra, who had gone to watch a cricket match in Chikhodra was mercilessly beaten to death by a group fueled by their extremist ideology.

In Chhattisgarh’s Raipur on 7 June, three Muslim men were brutally attacked by a Hindutva mob.

The victims identified as Saddam Qureshi and his cousin Chand Miya Khan, both from Saharanpur district and Guddu Khan from the Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh were transporting cattle when they were allegedly chased and attacked by the Hindutva mob in Raipur. Two died on the spot, while another one who was in a coma died after 10 days.

In Aligarh on June 18, a 35-year-old Muslim man identified as Aurangzeb alias Farid, was brutally beaten to death by a group of Hindus, leading to communal tension in the communally sensitive city in western Uttar Pradesh. Shockingly, 10 days after the lynching, the deceased was booked by the Aligarh police for dacoity. While there has been no investigation into the mob violence.

The report also mentions two separate lynching incidents in Kolkata, where a Muslim man named Irshad Alam was tied up and beaten to death, and Prasen Mandal was lynched in the Salt Lake area.


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