Uttarkashi (Uttarakhand). Days after two men, including a man from the minority community, foiled an attempt to abduct a minor girl in Purola area of Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand, Muslim shops were found pasted with posters threatening them to leave Purola immediately. Having said. Khajan Singh Chauhan, station in-charge of Purola, said that these posters were pasted at the shops on Sunday late evening. The posters asked Muslim traders to leave Purola by June 15, the day a ‘mahapanchayat’ would be organized by ‘Devbhoomi Raksha Abhiyan’.
It is written on the posters, “Love Jihadis are informed to vacate the shops before the mahapanchayat to be held on 15th June. If we don’t do this, time will tell what will happen.” Muslim traders said they are scared to open their shops and some of them have left the city. Uttarkashi Superintendent of Police Arpan Yaduvanshi said, “We have removed the posters and the anti-social elements who pasted them are being identified.” Purola main market has 650-700 shops, out of which 30-40 are owned by Muslims.
Appeal to maintain peace and law and order
Right-wing Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Virendra Rana said the posters were pasted by local people. Rana said, “The posters were pasted by local people who want members of a particular community to leave the city to maintain peace and social harmony. They came here to do business from outside, but are now targeting Hindu girls and women.” Taking the situation seriously, the police met the local business boards and public representatives on Monday and appealed to them to maintain peace and law and order.
Case registered against those who put up posters, police is probing
Chouhan said that a case has been registered against unknown persons of ‘Dev Bhoomi Raksha Abhiyan’, who allegedly put up the posters, for conspiring to disturb the peace of the area and inciting the sentiments of a particular community. He said that investigation has been started in the matter of pasting the posters and the people associated with the Devbhoomi Raksha Abhiyan are being questioned. A group of Muslims met Purola Deputy District Magistrate (SDM) Devanand Sharma and SHO Chauhan and handed over a memorandum to them and urged them to take strict action against suspicious and criminal elements of a particular community with the intention of disturbing the peace and social harmony of the city. demanded. He said that the elements which created such a situation in the town should be identified.
Demand for action against criminal elements
The memorandum states that Muslim families have been living and doing business peacefully with the local people for years, but for the last few years, people of criminal tendency are coming from outside and spoiling the social atmosphere in the town in the name of doing business. are doing. He supported the trade board’s demand for action against criminal elements. Garment traders Ashraf and Rais said that they are with the trade board as far as action against criminal elements is concerned. Salim, 35, who runs a garment shop in Purola, said he had to go to his brother’s house in Dehradun because of fear. He said, “We are living in fear. We cannot return to Purola in this condition. If they want us to leave the hills, the authorities should compensate us for our properties in Purola.”
Keeping an eye on all activities to maintain peace in the city
In the memorandum submitted to Purola SDM on Monday, Muslim families said that they are facing financial crisis. They demanded security from the administration to reopen their shops. He also said that if anything untoward happens to them, the administration will be responsible. Purola’s SDM Sharma said that law and order is under control. “We are monitoring all activities to maintain peace in the city,” he added. Communal tension broke out in Purola on May 26 when two men, including a man from the Muslim community, were caught by locals while trying to kidnap and abduct a minor Hindu girl. The girl was rescued and the next day the accused were arrested from Hudoli village. The tension is now spreading to other cities of Uttarkashi district as well.
Outsiders should not be allowed to rent space to run their business
Uttarkashi Zilla Vyapar Mandal, its affiliated bodies and ‘Hindu Jagruti Sangathan’ organized market bandh at Chinyalisaur on Tuesday and took out a procession from taxi stand to Pipalmandi market, Shyampur Devi temple and Sulitag to tehsil office. District Panchayat President Deepak Bijlwan said that the hawkers will not be given slips to run the business. “We should not give space on rent to outsiders to run our business,” he said. Vyapar Mandal District Vice President Amit Saklani said, “There are many places in Garhwal which look like mini Pakistan as people give place to outsiders for money. These are the people who commit such crimes.”
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FIRST PUBLISHED : June 06, 2023, 20:38 IST