New York Times Report Says Muslims Evicted In Assam Are Indian Citizens - IAMC

New York Times Report Says Muslims Evicted In Assam Are Indian Citizens

The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) welcomes a report in the New York Times published on October 17 (Sunday) stating that the Muslims that the Assam state government attacked in recent weeks are Indian citizens and not illegal Bangladeshi migrants as the government has falsely claimed.

The report says, quoting critics, that the so-called evictions of Muslims from their homes, in which their properties were burned down, were “part of a broader campaign by India’s ruling party against the country’s Muslim population.”

On September 23, security forces shot and killed a Muslim man, Moinul Haque, and a young boy during what the government called was a drive to evict these Muslims from their lands.

Hindu Extremists Vandalize Muslim-Owned Poultry Shop In Karnataka

The IAMC condemns the act of vandalism at a poultry shop owned by a Muslim couple in the Karnataka state by Hindu extremists who threatened the owners to leave the village. It is shocking that the local police have refused to accept a complaint from the couple against the Hindu extremist mob that attacked their shop.

The incident in Belagavi city occurred on October 8 but has come to light now because of a viral video. In the video embedded on this page, the attackers can be seen vandalizing the shop. They can also be heard raising Hindu religious slogans. Karnataka is ruled by the Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is the party of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Hindu Leader Calls For Demolition Of Mosque

A Hindu supremacist leader with a history of criminal attacks against minorities has called for a demolition of a mosque in the Karnataka state. Pramod Muthalik, the chief of the violent Sri Ram Sene, said that the Jumma Masjid in Gadag district should be demolished and a Hindu temple built in its place.

Not surprisingly, the police have refused to file a case against him. Muthalik has received support from the BJP for decades, and its state government has been lenient towards him and his group despite its history of violence against religious minorities.