New Delhi, India – A outstanding Muslim organisation has filed a plea in India’s high court docket, urging its intervention as properties of primarily Muslims accused of violence are bulldozed by the authorities in states ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP).
“Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind has filed a petition within the Supreme Courtroom in opposition to the damaging politics of bulldozers which have been began to destroy minorities particularly Muslims beneath the guise of crime prevention in BJP-ruled states,” the group’s president, Arshad Madani, tweeted on Monday.
The petition urges the highest court docket to problem instructions to the federal and state governments that “no lasting precipitative motion be taken in opposition to any accused in any legal proceedings” and that residential buildings not be demolished as a punitive measure.
Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind has filed a petition within the Supreme Courtroom in opposition to the damaging politics of bulldozers which have been began to destroy minorities particularly Muslims beneath the guise of crime prevention in BJP dominated states. https://t.co/6Os0EnbA7A
— Arshad Madani (@ArshadMadani007) April 17, 2022
Final week, authorities in no less than two states demolished dozens of houses and outlets, virtually all of them belonging to Muslims accused of violence throughout a Hindu pageant.
Within the central state of Madhya Pradesh, violence broke out through the Ram Navmi pageant earlier this month.
Hindu devotees often take out giant processions on the day to have a good time the delivery of their god Ram.
Nevertheless, the processions this yr noticed saffron-clad Hindu males carrying swords, sticks and pistols as they marched by way of primarily Muslim neighbourhoods, elevating slogans threatening genocide of the neighborhood, taking part in loud music outdoors mosques, and attacking houses and outlets belonging to Muslims.
In some locations, stones have been pelted, resulting in violence between the 2 communities, as either side blamed the opposite for beginning it. A minimum of two individuals died within the clashes.
In Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh, violence erupted after almost 10 homes and a mosque have been set on hearth through the Ram Navmi procession, forcing the police to impose a curfew. Violence was additionally reported from different Indian states through the pageant.
A day later, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan stated the “rioters have been recognized” whereas the state’s dwelling minister blamed Muslims for the violence.
“Those that have pelted stones will likely be punished however together with it they are going to be made to pay for the losses to each private and non-private properties,” Chouhan stated.
Appearing on cue from the highest state chief, authorities in Khargone used bulldozers to demolish almost 50 properties – most of them belonging to Muslims accused of inciting violence.
Comparable demolitions have been additionally reported from Modi’s dwelling state of Gujarat following violence on Ram Navmi.
Hindu Raksha Vahini has threatened to do a Dharm Sansad in Bhagwan Pur, Roorkee if the homes of Muslims will not be demolished by bulldozer. Communal violence broke out in Roorkee throughout Hanuman Jayanti procession. That is taking place in my hometown!! 1/2 pic.twitter.com/cSJxRu3NaX
— Arbab Ali (@arbabali_jmi) April 17, 2022
“The Madhya Pradesh authorities is simply demolishing these constructions which have been erected over authorities lands. And if anyone feels that the legislation was violated, they’re open to going to court docket,” BJP politician in Madhya Pradesh, Rajneesh Agarwal, informed Al Jazeera on Monday.
However rights teams and authorized consultants have questioned the legality of the demolitions.
In an announcement final week, Amnesty Worldwide stated the demolitions “quantity to collective punishment” of the minority neighborhood and referred to as for a “thorough, neutral and clear investigation” into the matter.
In its petition earlier than the Supreme Courtroom, the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind stated the coverage of utilizing bulldozers has been “began to destroy minorities, particularly Muslims, beneath the guise of crime prevention in BJP-ruled states”.
“It’s noteworthy that the politics of bulldozers is already occurring in Uttar Pradesh, however now this nefarious act has began in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh as effectively,” an announcement launched by the Muslim organisation stated.
“The governments are doing what the courts used to do. It appears the rule of legislation in India is over now.”
A Hindu extremist preacher upsetting his devotees, and asking them to bulldoze homes of Muslims in India. pic.twitter.com/NyQexfN9pb
— HindutvaWatch (@HindutvaWatchIn) April 17, 2022
Supreme Courtroom lawyer Vrinda Grover stated demolishing the property of an individual accused of violence was “completely unconstitutional and unlawful”.
“Truly there isn’t any legislation which allows this type of demolition. This individual [accused] is a suspect at this juncture. The police or the administration is behaving just like the choose, jury and the executor and is punishing the individual,” she informed Al Jazeera.
Majeed Memon, former parliamentarian and high legal lawyer, agreed.
“Even when assuming that anyone has finished some crime of rioting or another crime, the chief minister or any of the individuals from the administration has no proper to punish,” he informed Al Jazeera.
Memon stated an accused must be offered earlier than a court docket of legislation. “Finally it’s the court docket that can determine the character and quantum of punishment,” he stated.
“This sort of so-called immediate justice is much like mob lynching.”
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Chouhan is standard in his state as “Mama” (maternal uncle).
Nevertheless, he’s now being referred to as “Bulldozer Mama” by his supporters – a play on “Bulldozer Baba” that his counterpart Yogi Adityanath is known as in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.
“The homes of poor individuals have been burned in Khargone. They need to not fear as ‘Mama’ will construct their homes. We’ll get better from those that burned their homes,” Chouhan was quoted as saying by ANI information company throughout a rally in state capital Bhopal on Thursday.
Final month, a billboard got here up in Bhopal that stated: “Anybody who dares idiot round with the honour of sisters and daughters, the bulldozer will attain his door. Whoever tries to be a deterrent within the safety of daughters, Mama’s bulldozer would be the hammer.”
In its assertion, Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind referred to as the demolitions a “merciless act”.
“It’s noteworthy that the politics of bulldozers is already occurring in Uttar Pradesh, however now this nefarious act has began in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh as effectively,” it stated.
New Delhi-based educational and activist Apoorvaanand stated there’s an “inner competitors inside the BJP” and its varied chief ministers on “who’s extra virulent than the others”.
“They [masses] need immediate justice. That is the bottom intuition the BJP is interesting to and they’re destroying the very thought of legislation and justice,” he informed Al Jazeera.
“That is the top of the rule of legislation which is most worrisome.”
Kashif Kakvi contributed to this report from Madhya Pradesh, India