After Durga Puja clash, Muslims say hounded but Police rubbish charges

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Khaira Bazar village of Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich is still tense after the Durga Puja festivities some 15-days ago turned violent with Hindus and Muslims clashing with each other.

The devotees of Goddess Durga were passing through a village when an altercation happened with the youth from the minority Muslims objecting to their taking a slightly different route.

The argument snowballed into a major issue with both communities attacking each other. But today, when ANI News reported that the ‘Muslim’ youths have fled following the violence as they feared that they would be arrested, Bahraich Police had to step in.

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The Muslim villagers, as per the ANI News, said that only ‘Muslims’ were arrested by the police for the communal clash and that they ‘are badly trapped in the case.’

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The report also quoted Ravindra Singh, Additional SP (Bahraich), as saying that the police have arrested at least 50 people and that the said action has only been taken against the accused and that the police has video proofs as well. But Bahraich police had a terse word on this report. It called the allegations are baseless and said that the cases are filed on the basis of facts and that they shall be investigated on the basis of true evidence and ‘further submitted on the table of Honourable Justice. These types of allegations are purposely invoked to make pressure on the investigating agency.’

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