While the news of the exodus of Hindu families from the Noorpur village in Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh had barely died down, an All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader named Syed Nazim Ali has sown fresh seeds of communal discontentment. While talking to the media reporters, Syed Nazim Ali who is the President of Owaisi Youth Brigade in UP vowed that no ‘baraat’ procession will be allowed in the village and that Muslims will continue to perform Namaz.
“Namaz will take place. And yes, we will not let you (Hindus) take out wedding processions without permission. If you carry out wedding processions without permission, we will not let you do it. Do whatever you want, we will not let you do it.” said the radical leader.
“If they (Hindu villagers) do not take permission then them or any BJP leader can come to the village and try to take out the baraat procession, we’ll show them.” added the AIMIM leader.
Reported previously by TFI, after the news of the exodus of hundreds of Hindu families came to light, the Yogi Adityanath administration quickly sprang into action and lodged a complaint against 11 perpetrators who were absconding at the moment. The minority community tried to lodge the complaint as well but could not get through the authorities, according to a report by Amar Ujala.
The recent flashpoint in the relations between the two communities came on May 26 when a baraat procession of a villager named Omprakash and his daughters was stopped when passing through the village near the mosque. According to Omprakash’s statements, some miscreants of the Muslim community started pelting stones on the procession — vandalising the entire festivities in the process.
“We were intercepted by people from the minority community; they objected to the procession. Our community has faced oppression on many occasions — they try and stop our wedding processions. When we tried to reason, they attacked and beat us. It was humiliating to face this on my daughter’s wedding day. I also received injuries,” Omprakash had said.
Villagers claim that whenever a procession passes through the village, the Muslim men engage in violence and thievery. Some media reports have quoted the villagers as saying that the people of the Muslim community also pressurise the Hindus to convert into their faith. It is the conversion that has allowed the traditionally Hindu dominated village to be overpopulated by the Muslim community. There are three mosques and a big madrasa in a village which has sprung into existence only recently.
Reportedly, there are more than 800 Muslim families in the village while the number of Hindu families stands at around 100 only. Troubled by the nuisance of the hoodlums of the ‘minority’ community, the Hindus including Dalits have been forced to put up ‘House for Sale’ boards in front of their homes, as they want to quickly sell the property and move to safer pastures.