The United Against Hate Fact Finding team, comprising of Nadeem Khan (Social Activist), Prashant Tandon (Journalist), Hasnul Banna (Journalist), Tarique Anwar (Journalist), Sagrika Kissu (Journalist), Mahatab Alam (Social Activist), Farrah Shakeb (Social Activist), visited Bihar after the engineered communal violence around Ramnabami this year.
The team visited Siwan, Gaya, Kaimur, Aurangabad, Samastipur, Munger, Nawada, Nalanda, Haiderganj and Rosera.
The team spoke extensively to the people of these riot affected places belonging to both the communities. We spoke to eye-witnesses and state officials in order to understand how the violence unfolded.
After speaking to people and visiting riot affected places it was very clear that this violence was not spontaneous but was pre-planned and very carefully orchestrated by the BJP and Bajrang Dal hooligans.
There was a similar pattern of violence that was orchestrated in every place that we visited. In many places pre empting the violence, peace meetings were held that had set terms and conditions to the rallies next day to avoid violence. Even the police gave conditional permission to all the Rama Navami rallies and set their definite routes. But all these conditions and routes were violated, on the next day. The rallies were forcefully taken to Muslim areas, where extremely derogatory communal songs were played and communally provocative slogans were given. This was followed by large scale violence, where particularly mosques and Muslim properties were targeted by the mob. Many places they even destroyed properties and shops owned by Hindus.
The mob carried swords that were ordered online and procured a few days back. The songs and slogans were distributed in CDs and pen drive a few days back which show the meticulous planning of the violence. In many places, police stayed as mute spectators, while in others they were unable to control the mob.
BJP Cabinet minister Ashwini Kumar Choube’s son Arijit Saraswat, BJP MP Sushil Kumar Sing and Congress MLA Anand Shankar Singh’s involvement in fomenting riots were clear as per many eyewitness accounts and photographic evidence.
The complicity of the police and the Neetish government in allowing the communal goons of RSS BJP and Bajrang dal to create the ruckus in the name of Ramnavami was absolutely clear.
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