Fact-finding report blames Hindutva forces for Chengicherla violence (Siasat)

The report published by the Human Rights Forum (HRF) highlighted that the recent incident is not the first time that communal violence occurred in the area but took place first during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival last year.

By  P N Sree Harsha 

Hyderabad: A fact-finding report published by the Human Rights Forum (HRF) blamed Hindutva forces led by activists of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for the communal violence that occurred in Pittalabasthi, Chengicherla village on Sunday evening, March 24.

The report stated that the conflict began when RSS activists played Hindutva-Pop or H-Pop songs like “Hum Se Panga Le Na Bete, Hindu Dharam Ke Sher Hai re Chote” (Don’t mess with us you son, We are Hindu faith’s lions, you little one) on loudspeakers during Namaz time in the afternoon on Sunday.

“The music was turned off after objections from Muslims. But later in the evening, the same music was played as Muslims were leaving the mosque after Namaz, leading to verbal altercations and a physical brawl, resulting in injuries on both sides,” it said.

Police take charge

On information, the police arrived at the scene, dispersed the warring groups and detained individuals.

“They were later sent to remand. The number of individuals remanded by the police was not known,” the report said.

The following day, state BJP president and Union minister G Kishan Reddy, along with Eatala Rajender, visited Pittalabasthi and advocated the narrative that Hindus were facing injustice, it further said.

On March 27, Wednesday, BJP MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar, Bajrang Dal, and other Hindutva group workers tussled with the police and entered the area by breaching the barricades. “Videos of the incident widely circulated on social media,” it added.

This story was originally published in siasat.com. Read the full story here.

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