MAMOSA Report — Tensions have exacerbated in Jianagla – a town 70 kilometers from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh (UP), India’s largest and most populous state– after posters ordering the local Muslim population to leave by year-end cropped up at various public places.
The posters – which have been placed in more than 24 locations around the town, Times of India reports – are penned in Hindi, and threaten Muslims of “dire consequences” if they do not oblige to the notification.
Inspired from US President Donald Trump’s recent Muslim ban, a portion of the poster reads as follows, “What Trump is doing in America, we will do in this village because BJP is now in power” stated TOI, adding that they’re signed by “Hindus of the village.”
Loosely translated, the notification reads as follows:
Praise the Lord!
All Muslims are hereby informed to leave this village by December 30, 2017; if they do not adhere to this notice, they will be responsible for whatever transpires as a consequence. We will do in this village exactly what America (Trump) is doing with Muslims at present because BJP will soon be in power in Uttar Pradesh. Decide fast, since you’re not welcome in this village now.
Hindus of the Village (Jianagla)
Guardian – Yogi Adityanath
According to The Economist, “India’s electoral system has magnified BJP’s UP win. 40% of the vote has given them 77% of seats” — first time in its history the center-right party has been able to make major inroads in the state.
The BJP will form a government in four out of the five states. “The victories set the BJP up well to secure a second term in office at parliamentary elections due in 2019 and expand its presence in the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of parliament)”. It is expected that Modi will employ the freshly gained political capital on implementing reforms.
UP’s Jianagla is a peaceful locale that houses 200 Muslims alongside 2,000 Hindu people. Townsfolk remember celebrating Holi till past Sunday midnight, which further stresses on the mystery of who put up these posters.
According to TOI, a local named Rewa Ram narrated, “We slept a little past midnight, and it was only in the morning that we noticed all these posters around the village. We informed police after some residents objected to it.”
Security authorities have taken five young men into custody, and the posters have since been removed, as per Indian media outlets. A case has also been filed, although no one has come forward to claim responsibility.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to which Prime Minister Narendra Modi belongs as well, recently won in a significant victory in the 2017 Assembly elections in UP, although power is yet to be handed over to it. The posters in question have the name of a party representative mentioned as the “guardian.”
On a related note, Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria during the weekly briefing on Thursday called on the international community to take notice of the treatment of Muslims in Bareilly, especially how they are being forced to leave.
Zakaria stressed that the United Nations had already issued a report over the mistreatment of minorities in India.
UP’s population comprise of around 30 percent Muslim residents, according to an estimate.
(Based on reporting in Al Bilad)