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Hindu Yuva Vahini’s reign of terror in Kushinagar

By MG Correspondent

Rubina d/o Mohammad Haneef, kidnap victim of Dharmauli village

Kushinagar/Lucknow/New Delhi: A fact-finding team of the All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, the umbrella body of Indian Muslim organisations, visited Kushinagar district in eastern UP to investigate persistent reports about the persecution of the Muslim community in the district at the hands of Adityanath’s Hindu Yuva Vahini and allied militias. The team comprised of AIMMM President Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan, General Secretary and AIMMM U.P. President, Prof. Muhammad Sulaiman, AIMMM U.P. general secretary Muhammad Khalid, Maulana Shahabuddin Madni, Mr Arshad Azmi, Hafiz Muhammad Yusuf, Mufti Asif Anzaar Nadwi, Maulana Abdul Wahid Madni and Mr Anwaar Siddiqui.

AIMMM delegation talking to Chokat and his
daughter Rubina who was kidnapped

The delegation visited Kushinagar in compliance with a decision of the Central Committee of AIMMM on 5 December 2015 to send a fact-finding committee to the district.

Mosque in Piprajham whose land has been forcibly occupied

The delegation toured various areas of the district on 30 and 31 December. It met a number of victims, talked to community leaders and visited some villages wherein repair and extension of mosques are not allowed by the police and local administration. The delegation unveiled its fact-finding report at a press conference held at Lucknow on 1 January 2016.

Mosque at Ahroli: administration is not allowing extension

The delegation found that reports of kidnappings of Muslim girls, sometimes as young as 12 years, are true. Many of such girls have vanished, some are known to be living with their Hindu "husbands" while some have succeeded in running away and returning to their families. The delegation found that young girls are kidnapped or lured away from their villages. They are taken to Gorakhpur and other places where they are raped, subjected to shuddhi (purification) and then forced to marry Hindu boys.

AIMMM delegation talking to the mother of kidnap victim Angoori of Banjaria village

Adityanath’s Hindu Yuva Vahini and allied militias play a major role in this criminal activity which is made more sinister because all girls are under-age.

Dr Khan talking to the Hindu sadhu Rameshwar who is supporting kidnap victim Angoori

The fact-finding delegation also visited some mosques in various villages where repair and extension work is not allowed by the police and local administration. The delegation came across a mosque in village Ahroli Rai under thana Kasia where both Muslims and Hindus are requesting the local police and administration to allow the extension of the village mosque but their request is denied.

Mosque in Digwan Khurd: ladder & internal extension not allowed

The fact-finding delegation also made enquiries about some past one-sided riots in which whole Muslim village populations had to flee and spend days and weeks outside their villages due to active police involvement on the side of rioters.

The AIMMM has asked the U. P. government to take notice of these atrocities, send a high-level committee to the district to examine the situation, reassure its harassed Muslims and issue strict orders to the local police and administration to act impartially and in accordance with law.

See the full text of the fact-fiding in Kushinagar on p. 5

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This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2016 on page no. 1

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